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Welcome to the General Delegation of Palestine

The General Delegation of Palestine is the diplomatic representation for Palestine to Australia, New Zealand, Timor Leste and the Pacific.

As the diplomatic representation for Palestine, the General Delegation works to strengthen and deepen friendly relations between the Palestinian people and the people of the Australia-Pacific region. The General Delegation liaises directly with all levels of government, developing political, social and economic initiatives and projects that are of interest and benefit to both peoples.

Through its office in Canberra, the Delegation provides a range of consular and information services to Palestinians living in Australia, and to Australians interested in Palestine.

For details on the how to contact the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, go to the Contact tab above.
 

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The Palestine Higher Council of Innovation and Excellence is seeking data on innovators and creative Palestinians around the world

In 2012, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree regarding the establishment of the Higher Council of Innovation and Excellence to build a Palestinian community full of innovation and distinct performance in all aspects of life.

Mission
The higher council, through its faith and confidence in the potential creative capacities and energies of the Palestinian people and its recognition of the vital role of creativity in building up the State of Palestine and strengthening the steadfastness, resilience, and prosperity of the Palestinian people, seeks to play a leading role in consolidating a culture of innovation and excellence among the Palestinian community. In addition it seeks to facilitate the fair and just empowerment of all innovators and creative people and strengthen the structure of creativity systems in various sectors so that creativity becomes a mainstay of the economy and society.

With the aim to network with Palestinian Pioneers ( Inventors, Business pioneers, Industrialists, Researchers, Artists) and Innovators around the world, The Higher Council for innovation and Excellence in Palestine established a database for this purpose, and is calling on all qualified Palestinians to register their information by filling the relevant provided forms.

Please register your information by filling the following relevant form and send the completed form to our email address at auemb@mofa-gov.ps for follow up:
 

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7 July 2015

Welcoming vote at 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine welcomed the adoption today by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva of the resolution on “Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” by an overwhelming majority of Member States.

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6 July 2015

UN calls on Israel to prosecute Gaza war crimes

he United Nations human rights body called on Israel and the Palestinians to prosecute alleged war crimes committed in the 2014 Gaza war and to cooperate with the International Criminal Court's preliminary investigation.

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29 June 2015

Statement by PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Saeb Erekat on the Holy See – State of Palestine Agreement

On behalf of the PLO, I would like to welcome the historic agreement signed between the Holy See and the State of Palestine last Friday in the Vatican. This agreement stresses the Church’s integral role in Palestine and reaffirms the Vatican’s historic position of support towards the fulfillment of the national rights of the Palestinian people by recognizing the State of Palestine on the 1967 border.

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29 June 2015

US demands end to Israeli abuse of Palestinian children

Nearly 20 House Democrats have urged Secretary of State John Kerry to stress the rights of Palestinian children during Washington’s relations with Tel Aviv. “Israel’s military detention system targeting children is an anomaly in the world,” according to the letter co-signed by 19 lawmakers, and released by Rep. Betty McCollum. “Secretary Kerry, we urge the Department of State to elevate the human rights of Palestinian children to a priority status in our bilateral relations with the government of Israel.”

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29 June 2015

Vatican signs first treaty with 'State of Palestine', Israel angered

The Vatican signed its first treaty with the "State of Palestine" on Friday, calling for "courageous decisions" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and backing a two-state solution. The treaty, which made official the Vatican's de facto recognition of Palestine since 2012, angered Israel, which called it "a hasty step (that) damages the prospects for advancing a peace agreement". Israel also said it could have implications on its future diplomatic relations with the Vatican.

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H.E. Ambassador Abdulhadi attended a Nakba commemorative and awards dinner in Sydney on Sunday, 10 May

H.E. Ambassador Abdulhadi attended a commemorative and awards dinner in Sydney on Sunday, 10 May. The dinner is an annual event organised by the General Union of Palestinian Workers, the Australian-Palestinian Club, and the Graduates Association. It is a significant occasion serving several purposes. Firstly, as a reflection on the past, held in remembrance of the Nakba. On the other hand, it embraces an appreciation for a robust future, by honouring graduates and high achievers in the Palestinian-Australian community. The Ambassador observed in his opening speech: “Combining the two events is not a coincidence in my opinion; it sends a strong message of the continuity of the Palestinian struggle and how the Palestinian issue is inherited from generation to generation. The message is: our parents did not forget, we do not forget and the young generation will not forget the story of dispossession and occupation.” Many distinguished guests were in attendance, including Jihad Dib MP (the first Muslim parliamentarian), Paul Lynch MP, Senator Lee Rhiannon, the Mayor of Canterbury Brian Robson, Prof. Jake Lynch, Prof. Stuart Rees, Dr. Peter Manning, and a group of Palestinian community leaders. The Ambassador’s speech was followed by speeches from Jihad Dib MP, Paul Lynch MP, Senator Lee Rhiannon and Prof. Jake Lynch. The Ambassador had the great honour of passing on the awards to those recognised. He mentioned that: “Young Palestinian leadership can create the best integration within Australian society and this will serve the interests of the Palestinian community and the Australian community.” He went on, with confidence, to make clear that, despite the tragedy of the Nakba, 67 years on: “There is an old saying and it goes like this, ‘If the story doesn’t have a happy ending, the story isn’t over yet’. For Palestine, the story is not over yet. The story has a happy ending and we are working our way towards it. And the ending of the story is, a fully sovereign Palestinian state in which Palestinians are free to own, and to determine their own future. Until we reach that end, let’s continue to be partners on the journey.”

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The Foreign Minister of the State of Palestine Dr Riad Malki ended a successful visit to New Zealand May 1 – May 2/2015

Dr Malki, the Palestinian Foreign Minister, was in Auckland last week and met with Hon Murray McCully, the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, at his office in Auckland. Minister Malki thanked the New Zealand government for its continuous support to the Palestinian cause in particular the condemnation of the Israeli illegal settlements in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the role of New Zealand in the Security Council as, a non- permanent member, especially with regards to Israel- Palestine conflict. The two ministers discussed the French draft resolution to the Security Council to end the Israeli occupation, and the New Zealand efforts to complement this Resolution and to support the French initiative. The New Zealand Foreign Minister outlined the vision and approach of the New Zealand Government to solve the problem and the intention of the New Zealand government to talk and coordinate with all parties to guarantee a successful voting on the resolution to end the Israeli occupation. The Palestinian Minster, also, met with Shadow Foreign Minister, Hon David Sherier, and delivered a lecture at Auckland University. It is worth mentioning that Hon McCully will visit Palestine on June 4th to continue his discussion with the Palestinian officials.

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The Foreign Minister of the State of Palestine Dr Riad Malki ended a successful visit to Australia April 29 – 30/2015

Dr Malki, the Palestinian Foreign Minister, was in Sydney last week and met with Hon Julie Bishop, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, at her office in Sydney. The Palestinian Minster explained to his counterpart the latest on the Israel- Palestine conflict, in particular the Palestinian attempts to end the Israeli occupation through Security Council. The Palestinian Minister introduced the new Palestinian approach and Modus Operandi to solve the conflict moving from bi lateral negotiations to multilateral approach. In response to the Minister’s questions on the role of ISIS in the region, the Minister clarified that this phenomenon is ad hoc and not sustainable. He explained the root causes for the emerging of ISIS and confirming that finding a just and comprehensive solution to Israel- Palestine conflict will contribute, substantially, to reducing the negative impact of this terrorist movement. H.E. Dr Malki, also, met with the Australian Shadow Minister, Hon Tanya Plibersek and discussed with her the significance of the recognition of the Sate of Palestine in order to save and sustain the two-state solution and reaching a comprehensive peace and security in the region. The Shadow Foreign Minister briefed the minister on the current discussion taking place within the Labor party to recognize the State of Palestine. The Minster had the opportunity to meet representatives from the Australian media outlets and talked to them about the latest on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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