In August 2016 the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People granted accreditation to the Institute for Middle East Studies, Canada (IMESC). Elio Tamburi, the Director of Division for Palestinian Rights at the Department of Political Affairs welcomed in a letter to IMESC’s president, Dr. Gahad Hamed, the institution to the network of civil society organizations active on the question of Palestine.
Accredited civil society organizations are expected to support the work and objectives of the Committee and to respect the Committee’s mandate as defined by United Nations General Assembly resolutions A/RES/70/12, and A/RES/70/13 as well as the Committee’s programme of work for 2016, A/AC.183/2016/1).
The IMESC is an independent non-profit and non-governmental organization founded as an initiative by academics and activists to develop policies and strategies for academic work and development in Canadian society. The goal behind establishing the Institute was to provide a source of information for those interested in the Middle East at an international level, at a time when Canada is playing a very important role in international relations. Although IMESC focus on the wider Middle Eastern issues, it focus on the Palestinian question and the Israeli- Arab conflict, recognizing it as one of the most driving forces of radicalism and instability in the Middle East.