“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...
Press Releases
UNRWA Staff Union Donates for Yarmouk
14 April 2014
Amman Members of the Area Staff Union (ASU) at the Amman Headquarters of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) have generously donated two days’ salary to help the Palestinian civilians trapped in Yarmouk. Their contribution of US$ 12,008 has been used to purchase food for the parcels being delivered into Yarmouk...
Press Releases
UNRWA Staff Union Strike in West Bank Ends
06 February 2014
The Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Filippo Grandi, wishes to announce that the UNRWA staff strike in the West Bank has ended. Following President Abbas' firm request for the strike to be concluded, and the effective mediation of Prime Minister Hamdallah and his government, a framework document was signed tonight...
Official Statements
06 January 2014
East Jerusalem Today UNRWA management met with a group of union representatives and Palestinian legislators whose positive involvement in helping to resolve the strike is appreciated. UNRWA wishes to reiterate that regrettably salary increases across the board, either as a percentage or a lump sum, are not possible at...
Official Statements
05 December 2013
Damascus UNRWA condemns the killing of another of its staff, the tenth to die as a result of the Syria conflict. Suzan Ghazazweh, a teacher at Abbasyyeh School, Muzeirib, was killed by shrapnel in her home in the afternoon of 2 December when a shell struck her residence in Shamal Al Khatt Quarter, Dera’a. The...
Official Statements
Blazing a Trail for Working Mothers at UNRWA
02 December 2013
On Friday, 22 November, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) inaugurated the New Mothers’ Space in its West Bank field office. Opened by Director of UNRWA Operations Felipe Sanchez, it is not just the first breastfeeding space UNRWA has opened in any of its five field offices, but also the first such...
26 November 2013
Statement by Michael Kingsley-Nyinah, Director of UNRWA Syria Field Office Damascus The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) expresses its deep sorrow at the death, on 24 November, of Mohammad Suheil Yousef Awwad, the ninth staff member to be killed as a result of the Syria conflict. Mr. Awwad died when a...
Official Statements