The UN General Assembly passed a resolution on Palestine’s accession to the UN

The resolution has decided to grant Palestine more United Nations rights, including sitting among member states in alphabetical order, the right to represent the group in proposing and introducing proposals, and participation in the United Nations General Assembly and its committees.

On the morning of May 10th local time, tonight Beijing time, at the request of multiple countries, the 10th Emergency Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly resumed. The meeting reviewed the issue of admitting Palestine as a new member of the United Nations and passed a resolution granting Palestine more rights. In the vote, 143 votes were in favor, 9 against, and 25 abstentions, and the resolution was passed. The United States, Israel, and others voted against it.

In addition to reaffirming the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, as well as the “two-state solution,” the resolution also confirms that Palestine meets the membership requirements stipulated in the United Nations Charter. It is recommended that the Security Council reconsider Palestine’s application for “membership in the United Nations,” which means that the issue of Palestine’s “membership in the United Nations” will be “pushed back” for review by the Security Council.

In addition, the resolution has decided to grant Palestine more United Nations rights, including sitting among member states in alphabetical order, the right to represent the group in proposing and introducing proposals, and participation in the United Nations General Assembly and its committees. But the resolution clearly states that Palestine does not have the right to vote and cannot become a candidate for seats in United Nations agencies.

UN resolutions are not binding on member states, but rather an expression of international will, but will be implemented by UN agencies.

On April 18th, the United States rejected a draft resolution in the Security Council regarding Palestine’s application to become a full member of the United Nations. Palestine is currently an observer state of the United Nations. According to the United Nations Charter, the admission of new member states to the United Nations requires recommendation from the Security Council before being decided by the General Assembly. Due to the inclusion of new member states as a substantive issue, the decision of the Security Council requires the consent of at least 9 Security Council members and can be passed by all 5 permanent members without opposing each other. Palestine submitted an official application to join the United Nations in September 2011, but it was not approved by the Security Council. On November 29, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution granting Palestine observer status at the United Nations.

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