Press Release (10 May 1994)

An official agreement between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was successfully concluded yesterday, the 9th of May 1994. The PLO-UNDP agreement was signed by Mr. Farouk Qaddoumi, Foreign Minister of Palestine, Head of the Political Department of the PLO, and by Mr. James Gustave Speth, Administrator of the UNDP.

The agreement will govern the future operations of the UNDP in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the basic conditions under which the UNDP and its executing agencies shall assist the Palestinian Authority in carrying out its development projects and under which such UNDP-assisted projects shall be executed. In carrying out its activities, the UNDP will seek to ensure the association, whenever relevant, of the specialized agencies and other organizations of the United Nations system, within the framework of the United Nations coordinating mechanism.

The Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations welcomes the PLO-UNDP agreement, and expresses the hope that it will initiate a new stage for the work of the UNDP in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. It also expresses sincere appreciation to all those involved in the successful achievement of the agreement.