United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the Near East: Plenary Meeting 26

This meeting, part of the 4th Committee on Decolonization Committee, discussed the need for the continued finance of UNRWA, a UN entity established in 1948  that provides humanitarian aid to Palestinian Refugees. UNRWA Commissioner General Krähenbühl mentioned that UNRWA continues to exist because of, “failure.”  Representatives of Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt preceded to claim Palestinians right to land when making their statements and explained they will continue to assist in its funding. The representative of the European Union claimed the need for more microfiancing for Palestinian refugees. The representatives of Australia and Jordan shared their views on the Palestinian question, mentioning a two state solution. The positive news was that the UNRWA deficit has decreased from 406 million to 66 million. Mr. Krähenbühl made his closing remark calling for prevention and conflict  resolution focus for member states so that UNRWA no longer needs to exist one day.

Meeting​: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the Near East: Plenary Meeting 26

Date/Location​: Monday November 12th 2018; 10:00 to 13:00; Conference Room 4, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY

Speakers​:

Mr.Pierre Krähenbühl, UNRWA Commissioner General

H.E Dr. Sima Sami Bahous, Permanent Representative of  Jordan

Representative of India

Representative of Tunisia           Representative of Malaysia

Representative of  Lebanon        Representative of Indonesia

Representative of Norway           Representative of Venezuela

Representative of   Egypt             Representative of UAE

Representative of   Kuwait           Representative of Sudan

Representative of    Ecuador        Representative of Russia

H.E Mr.Mauro Vieira, Permanent Representative of Brazil       

Representative of Holy See          Representative of   Japan   

 H.E Mr.Tore Hattrem, Permanent Representative of Norway        

Written by: WIT Representative Mariam Elsaker

 

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