Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process (UNSCO)

Bureau du Coordonnateur spécial des Nations Unies pour le processus de paix au Moyen-Orient

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Jun 1994, by the Secretary-General of A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN), following signature, 13 Sep 1993, Washington DC (USA), by the Government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements (Oslo Accords) and the consequent need for the United Nations to create a specific mechanism to ensure effective coordination of the expanding programmes of assistance for the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Original title: Office of the Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories. Mandate enhanced, Oct 1999, when it adopted current title, and became Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the PLO and the Palestinian Authority. Full name: Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority. Since 2002, also serves as Secretary General's envoy in the Middle East Quartet: Secretary-General of the UN, USA, F-XF2147 - European Union (EU) and Russia. Functions as a field office under the auspices of the Department of Political Affairs.


Mandate as of 1993: ensure the coordinated work of the United Nations system for an adequate response to the needs of the Palestinian people; mobilize financial, technical, economic and other assistance. Mandate expanded, 1999 to include: representation of the Secretary General by the Special Coordinator in discussions with the parties and the international community in all matters related to continuing United Nations support to the peace process; assignment of task to the Special Coordinator of establishing a unified structure in the region, with a clearly recognized focal point for the organizations contributions to the implementation of the peace agreements and with overall responsibility for making appropriate preparations in consultation with the parties to the Madrid process and the wider international community for enhancing United Nations assistance.


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