Official Statements

© 2012 UNRWA Photo by Shareef Sarhan
19 August 2015
STATEMENT BY UNRWA COMMISSIONER-GENERAL PIERRE KRÄHENBÜHL ON THE 2015/16 SCHOOL YEAR I am pleased to declare the 2015/16 UNRWA school year open. Students will return to school according to plan in Palestine on 24 August, in Jordan on 1 September, in Lebanon on 7 September and in Syria on 13 September. I have taken...
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A year after the Gaza war started, the causes of conflict remain unaddressed
08 July 2015
A year after the devastating Gaza conflict that claimed over 1,500 civilian lives, including 551 children, the root causes of the conflict remain unaddressed. The despair, destitution and denial of dignity resulting from last year’s war and from the blockade are a fact of life for ordinary people in Gaza.
Official Statements
29 June 2015
Today UNRWA announced that 85 per cent of all 137 international personnel on short term contracts will be separated in a phased process which will last until the end of September. 35 per cent of the 137 internationals will see their contracts end in the coming four weeks. Another 50 per cent will end by 30 September...
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UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl (second from left) speaking at the biannual UNRWA Advisory Commission meeting in Amman, Jordan. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Alaa Ghosheh
15 June 2015
We meet at a most challenging time and my statement will focus on describing what UNRWA sees as the greatest challenges and opportunities at present and in months to come
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Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), speaking at a commemorative event marking the 65th anniversary of UNRWA. The event took place under the theme, “UNRWA@65: Sustaining Human Development and Protecting Rights of Palestine Refugees”. UN Photo/Cia Pak
05 June 2015
Palestine refugees today face an existential crisis on many fronts. Their isolation, exclusion and dispossession represent a time-bomb for the region, a denial of dignity and rights that must be addressed.
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