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UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl with Finland’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lenita Toivakka, during Mr. Krahenbuhl’s visit to Finland on Tuesday, 19 April, 2016. Photo courtesy of Pirkko-Liisa Kyöstilä
21 April 2016
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl concluded a visit to Finland on Tuesday after meeting with high-level officials and several senior parliamentarians to discuss the cooperation between UNRWA and Finland and to raise awareness over the situation of Palestine refugees in the Near East
Press Releases
Didier Burkhalter, head of the FDFA, and UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl © Photo Courtesy of FDFA
15 April 2016
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl has completed a two-day visit to Switzerland, during which he held talks with senior officials of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and briefed the External Affairs Committee of the Upper House of the Swiss...
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UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl
08 March 2016
On International Women’s Day, UNRWA pays a proud tribute to its thousands of female school principals, teachers, education specialists, attendants, doctors, nurses, social workers, administrative and other staff.
Official Statements
A’hed Salameh from Al-Amal Preparatory Girls School in Khan Younis receives her certificate from UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl and Chief of the UNRWA Education Programme in Gaza Farid Abu Athra during the school’s honouring ceremony for high achieving students. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Ibrahim Yaghi
01 March 2016
Being recognized as one of the top students in your class is a remarkable achievement. It requires perseverance, dedication and ambition. But getting there becomes all the more challenging when your studies and school life are frequently interrupted by conflict, trauma or illness. In Gaza, which has seen three...
Features
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...

© 2016 UNRWA Photo by Alaa Ghosheh
17 February 2016
UNRWA and the Lajee Center inaugurated the first ever child-friendly spaces – a football pitch and a playground – in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem.
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UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl made his first official visit to Denmark on Friday, 5 February 2016. © 2016 UNRWA Photo
08 February 2016
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl made his first official visit to Copenhagen on Friday, 5 February 2016, to discuss the cooperation between UNRWA and Denmark, raise awareness about the critical situation of Palestine refugees and shed light on the Agency’s priorities in its five fields of operations
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12 December 2015
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl has concluded a three-day visit to the United Kingdom, the Agency’s fourth largest donor, during which he met with the Secretary of State for International Development, Rt. Hon. Justine Greening; the Minister of State for International Development, Rt. Hon. Desmond Swayne;...
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© 2015 UNRWA Photo by Carolyn Canham
02 December 2015
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl visited Canberra from 30 November to 2 December to express deep appreciation for Australia’s support to the Agency and engage in high-level dialogue about the critical situation faced by Palestine refugees
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UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl (left) with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini. © 2015 UNRWA Photo
24 November 2015
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl was in Brussels on 23 and 24 November for a series of high-level meetings to draw attention to the situation of Palestine refugees in the Middle East, as well as ongoing efforts to address the operational and financial challenges currently facing the Agency.
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