Official Statements

Choices Made, Choices Denied
20 March 2014
Choices Made, Choices Denied: A perspective on the question of Palestine refugees Lecture by Filippo Grandi, UNRWA Commissioner-General, at Birzeit University Ladies and Gentlemen, Students, faculty, members of the diplomatic corps, Dr Fayyad, colleagues, and honourable guests, Thank you for being here today, and for...
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Palestine’s Silent Emergency: Breaking the Silence
17 March 2014
Statement of the Deputy Commissioner-General, Margot Ellis, on the Occasion of the Launch of the Inter-Agency Humanitarian Appeal for Gaza and the West Bank Ramallah Your Excellency, the Minister of Planning and Development, Mohammad Abu Ramadan; The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, James Rawley; Head of UN-OCHA...
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Remarks by the Commissioner-General at the Second Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD)
01 March 2014
Remarks by Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UNRWA The Second Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD) Distinguished Ministers and Delegates, I would like to thank the government of Indonesia for its warm hospitality. I am grateful to our host, Foreign Minister...
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Crossroads of Crisis: Yarmouk, Syria and the Palestine Refugee Predicament
25 February 2014
Lecture by Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UNRWA at the American University of Beirut. Yesterday, in Syria, I visited Yarmouk and at a food distribution I met Um Ahmed. She and others were receiving UNRWA food parcels after months of extreme deprivation. Um Ahmed was asking questions: “I am a Palestinian...
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UNRWA’s Commissioner-General deplores the killing of 18, including five Palestine refugee children, in southern Syria
19 February 2014
I am shocked and outraged to have to report that at least 18 people were killed yesterday, including five Palestine refugee school children and an UNRWA staff member, when an explosive struck near UNRWA's Zeitoun school in Muzeirib, 11 km north-west of Dera'a in southern Syria, between 11:00 and 12:00. At least 20...
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