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United Nations General Assembly President Visits UNRWA Installations in solidarity with Palestine Refugees
During his official visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the President of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, visited the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Jabal Hussein Preparatory Girls’ School No.1, in al-Hussein camp.
Mr. Kőrösi was warmly welcomed by Mr. Ben Majekodunmi, UNRWA Chief of Staff, and Mr. Olaf Becker, Acting Director of UNRWA Affairs in Jordan, in addition to His Excellency, Eng. Rafiq Khirfan, Director-General of the Department of Palestinian Affairs. Mr. Majekodunmi briefed the delegation about UNRWA operations in the region, and Dr. Oroba Al Mousa, UNRWA Chief of Field Education Programme in Jordan, provided an overview of the Agency’s educational programming for Palestine Refugees.
H.E. Mr. Kőrösi was delighted to engage with UNRWA students with psychosocial challenges and participated in a recreational activity led by a school counselor to promote inclusivity, and mental health awareness.
The visit concluded with an engaging dialogue with UNRWA student parliamentarians. Mr. Kőrösi said, “I have learned a lot and I am deeply convinced that the highest value that we can have on earth is the human mind. Sustainable fire starts with intelligent people who can understand the environment and make changes for everyone’s future.”
UNRWA expresses its utmost appreciation for the visit of President Csaba Kőrösi, for his engagement with Palestine Refugee students and support for the work of the Agency.
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Notes to Editors
- Some UNRWA classrooms include 40 students, exceeding the recommended UNESCO standard, including 82 per cent of schools that operate on double shifts.
- On June 2, 2023, the UN General Assembly will host the Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly for the Announcement of Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA. This pledging conference provides an opportunity for UN Member States to reaffirm their support for the agency's mission to provide aid, protection, and advocacy for the rights and dignity of Palestine refugees and to match their political commitment with sufficient and predictable financial contributions to sustain education, health, and social service programmes, contributing to the well-being of millions of refugees in the region.
UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. The United Nations General Assembly established UNRWA in 1949 with a mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestine refugees in the Agency’s area of operations pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.
UNRWA operates in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, The Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
Tens of thousands of Palestine refugees who lost their homes and livelihoods due to the 1948 conflict continue to be displaced and in need of support, nearly 75 years on.
UNRWA helps Palestine Refugees achieve their full potential in human development through quality services it provides in education, health care, relief and social services, protection, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance, and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.
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