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Beirut conference calls for necessarily supporting UNRWA

The participants in the conference on UNRWA, which concluded its activities in Beirut on Saturday, highlighted the importance of continuing to provide political and financial support for UNRWA and renewing its mandate. This came in the final statement of the conference, which was held under the theme “UNRWA is an international guarantee for the refugees’ …


European Parliament rejects a proposal calling for upholding European funding to UNRWA

The European Parliament’s Budget Committee rejected a proposal calling for upholding European funding to UNRWA. The proposal, which was presented by the parliamentary Christian Democrats group, called for suspending the European Union (EU) funding (100 million euros) to UNRWA because of corruption and mismanagement claims leveled against the refugee agency. Ambassador Adel Attiya, deputy head …


UNRWA Commissioner-General calls for urgent political and financial support at Arab League

The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Neat East (UNRWA), Pierre  Krähenbühl, has urgently called on Arab states for their continued financial and political support to Palestine refugees and to the work and role of the Agency. Addressing the 152nd session of the Council of Arab Foreign Ministers …


Krahenbuhl: Gaza is deprived of the most basic rights

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl has said that the world does not appreciate the reality of suffering, pain and disappointment among the population in the Gaza Strip In a recent news conference held in Gaza City, Krahenbuhl highlighted the fact that the Gaza population is deprived of their most basic rights. He said that he had …


Euro-Med criticizes Switzerland, the Netherlands for suspending UNRWA funding

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights today criticized Switzerland and the Netherlands’ decision to suspend their support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The decision came after the leaking of a report on corruption in the UN organization. “Those most likely to lose out are hundreds of …


International community shows outstanding support to the UN Palestine Refugee Agency

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) received the outstanding support of the representatives of states and institutions at its annual international Pledging Conference held on 25 June in New York. Representatives of states and institutions unanimously commended the Agency’s role in preserving the rights and dignity …


UNRWA appeals for $1.2 billion to continue operations

UNRWA has said it aims to raise $1.2 billion this year to fund its operations for Palestinian refugee across the Middle East region. Ahead of a pledging conference slated for next Tuesday at the UN headquarters, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl told journalists in New York the 1.2 billion dollars represent the same amount the agency …


Advisory Commission meets to discuss support to UNRWA

The Advisory Commission of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) met in Jordan on 17-18 June to discuss support for the Agency as it continues to meet the needs of millions of Palestine refugees who face hardship and denial of rights in the Gaza Strip and …


Scores of European diplomats visit Gaza

Several European diplomatic delegations arrived in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening through the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing to hold meetings with local and UNRWA officials and check on the humanitarian situation. A statement by the media office of the Beit Hanoun crossing administration affirmed that several European diplomats flocked to Gaza through the crossing …


The Palestinian National Council sends letters to parliamentary associations regarding the targeting of UNRWA schools in Jerusalem

The Palestinian National Council (PNC) briefed regional and international parliamentary associations on Israel’s plans to target UNRWA schools operating in occupied East Jerusalem. Salim Zanoun, chairman of the PNC, sent letters to a number of European, Asian, African, Arab, Islamic and international parliamentary associations, explaining the dangers of implementing the recommendations of the Israeli National …