About UNRWA

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) administered the oath of office to Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), 20 April 2015. The Secretary-General (left) with Mr. Krähenbühl after the swearing in. UN Photo/Mark Garten
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Appointed by the Secretary-General in November 2013, Pierre Krähenbühl became Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees on 30 March 2014. As Commissioner-General, he serves at the level of Under-Secretary-General. A Swiss national born in 1966, Mr...

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Through its Education in Emergencies (EiE) programme, UNRWA has been actively working to ensure access to quality education for Palestine Refugees affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria, both for children in Syria and for those who have fled to neighboring countries, particularly Lebanon and...

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  • More than five million Palestine refugees, the largest refugee population in the world, are registered by UNRWA in five areas of operation in the Middle East, including 450,000 in Lebanon.
  • According to a 2010 estimate from the American University in Beirut’s Socio-Economic Survey
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The partnership between the EU and UNRWA has allowed millions of Palestine refugees to be better educated, live healthier lives, access employment opportunities and improve their living conditions, thus contributing to the development of the entire region.

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EuropeAid support to Palestine refugees in Syria in 2014
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2014
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UNRWA and the EU have been partners in providing life-saving and developmental services to Palestine refugees in Syria, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Jordan for decades. Recent EuropeAid support has proved invaluable in maintaining education, healthcare, relief and social services,...