Connections Episode 63
The United Nations and the Question of Palestine
Mouin Rabbani interviews Feda Abdelhady
On Thursday, 18 May Feda Abdelhady spoke with Jadaliyya co-editor Mouin Rabbani about the United Nations and the Question of Palestine. This episode of Connections examines the impact of the United Nations, its principal bodies, and relevant agencies on the struggle for Palestinian self-determination.
Connections offers timely and informative interviews on current events and broader policy questions, as well as themes relevant to knowledge production. It combines journalism, analysis, and scholarship.
Feda Abdelhady joined the Palestine Mission to the United Nations in 1992 and has since 2013 served as Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador. At the United Nations, she represents Palestine at the Security Council and at the General Assembly and its Main Committees, including the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, with specific focus on the Palestine refugees and UNRWA, a file she has followed for over 20 years. She leads the diplomatic team responsible for drafting and negotiating Palestine’s annual package of General Assembly resolutions and has led negotiations for Palestine at the Security Council. She also represents Palestine at Arab Group, Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), G77, and Asia-Pacific Group meetings at the UN, and was a member of Palestine’s legal team to the International Court of Justice in 2004.
Mouin Rabbani has published and commented widely on Palestinian affairs, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the contemporary Middle East. He was previously Senior Analyst Middle East and Special Advisor on Israel-Palestine with the International Crisis Group, and head of political affairs with the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria. He is Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine.
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