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An Unsustainable Refugee Crisis
20 June 2014
Op Ed for World Refugee Day by the Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, Pierre Krähenbühl One hundred and twenty children were recently allowed out of Yarmouk, the Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, to sit public exams. The fourteen-year-olds emerged from the apocalyptic city-scape...
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Statement of the Commissioner-General at the Meeting of the UNRWA Advisory Commission
17 June 2014
From my first visits to Palestine, both West Bank and Gaza, to Syria, to Lebanon and to Jordan and from my discussions with refugees and UNRWA colleagues, a powerful sense has emerged of the sheer unsustainability of the situation of Palestine refugees
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Commissioner-General on visit to Brussels
05 June 2014
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl visited Brussels from 2 to 4 June and met with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, and the European...
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“Reaching and Assisting Palestine Refugees is a Vital Imperative”: UNRWA Commissioner-General on First Visit to Syria
15 May 2014
UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl has said that Palestine refugees in Syria face extreme hardship as a result of the ongoing armed conflict. He pointed out that, in recent years, “Many refugees had, often overnight, lost everything from their homes, their livelihoods, their...
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New Commissioner-General of UNRWA Sworn In
01 May 2014
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon administered the oath of office to Pierre Krähenbühl, new Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The Secretary-General (left) with Mr. Krähenbühl after the swearing in.
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Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl Calls for End to Blockade of Gaza
17 April 2014
The first official visit to the Gaza Strip by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl has received high-profile coverage in local, regional and international media.
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Pierre Krähenbühl Assumes Post as UNRWA Commissioner-General
30 March 2014
Following his appointment by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in November 2013, Pierre Krähenbühl assumes office today as the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
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Filippo Grandi Ends Term as UNRWA Commissioner-General
28 March 2014
"I take away with me after nearly a decade a profound attachment to this land and its people. They will find justice in the end.”
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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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