© 2014 UNRWA Lebanon Field Office Archives

In view of addressing gender-based violence (GBV) holistically, in 2009, UNRWA adopted a multisectoral approach informed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines for GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings.  Work on addressing GBV has focused on the building of referral...

© 2014 UNRWA Photo by Alaa Ghosheh

More than at any time in the past, Palestine refugees are in need of protection. They represent the largest refugee population in the world, with more than 5 million registered with UNRWA in its five fields of operation – Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza....

Husseiniyeh, August 2015. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad

Palestine refugees have been among the worst affected by the bloodshed and destruction wrought by the conflict in Syria. The majority of the estimated 450,000 Palestine refugees remaining in Syria are displaced and 95 percent rely on UNRWA for assistance.

The Agency’s pre-existing...

Bedouin children from Khan al-Ahmar, located on the periphery of Jerusalem near Jericho. © 2013 UNRWA Photo by Alaa Ghosheh

In the oPt, Palestine refugees are exposed to the lasting consequences of an occupation now approaching 50 years. In Gaza, a decade-long blockade and repeated cycles of conflict has rendered the majority of the population dependent on aid to meet basic needs. Unemployment rates in the small...

UNRWA in 2015

UNRWA in Figures provides general information on number of Palestine refugees, camps, UNRWA beneficiaries and funding situation. 
Figures are accurate as of 1 January 2015. Not an official document. 

Psychosocial activities for UNRWA students in Gaza following the summer 2014 conflict. © 2014 UNRWA Photo by Fadi Thabet

UNRWA was established as a subsidiary organ of the United Nations General Assembly on 8 December 1949 and became operational on 1 May 1950. It is one of the largest United Nations programmes. Created as a temporary agency until a just and durable solution for Palestine refugees was achieved, the...