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Gaza in 2020: A livable place

Gaza in 2020: A livable place

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Published by Matthew Doye
A report by the United Nations Country Team in the occupied Palestinian territory
A report by the United Nations Country Team in the occupied Palestinian territory

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Gaa in 2020
A liveable place?
UNITED NATIONS NATIONS UNIES
A report by the United Nations Country Team in the occupied Palestinian territory
August 2012
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 The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), at its annual retreat inNovember 2011, discussed critical development and humanitarian challenges acing Palestinians in the oPt.As part o its programme o work, the UN initiated a study to see what the Gaza Strip might look like by theyear 2020 as a place in which to live. Building on what is known now, the resulting study seeks to highlightthe ormidable developmental, humanitarian and social imperatives which need to be addressed and resolved,irrespective o the political context. The document which ollows thus provides an overview o current challenges and trends in Gaza, and throughthe lens o the UN amily working in the oPt presents an extrapolation eight years orward to 2020. It is basedon a wealth o existing literature both rom within the UN and outside, and the wide range o sources used isreected as Endnotes at Annex One. The reader who seeks more in-depth inormation and analysis is encouragedto explore the literature under Reerences at Annex Two. The broad objectives o this study are to: highlight the longer-term eects and implications o currentdevelopmental and social trends and challenges aecting the Gaza Strip; raise awareness o these both locallyand internationally; and, inorm the strategic programming o the United Nations in support o the Palestinianpeople o the oPt. The document does not venture any opinion or orecast o the evolution o political events, nor does it oerprescriptive advice based on dierent political scenarios. The document does implicitly assume a peace processwhich leads ultimately to a solution o two sovereign states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace andharmony.Maxwell GaylardUN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator,on behal o the United Nations Country Team in the oPt27 August 2012

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Occupied Gaza? Occupation is in their leaders rhetoric and in the arabs minds. Last time I checked, Israel had withdrawn from the area in 2005, that's 7 years ago. And the "occupation" meme is still the reason Gaza cannot even produce its own electricity. "The area has been isolated..." Last time I checked a map, Gaza has a 12 km-long border with Egypt, so why is it "isolated"?

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