Official Statements

17 January 2018
Not for the first time in its proud history, UNRWA faces a formidable challenge in upholding its mandate – an expression of the will of the international community - and preserving key services like education and health care for Palestine Refugees. Today, the US government...
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Marwan Baghdadi
11 December 2017
The level of anxiety and tension has risen again in the Middle-East and all eyes are turned to Jerusalem. I stand here within the Old City of Jerusalem to assure you - the Palestine Refugees - that UNRWA is more determined than ever to protect your rights and meet your...
03 December 2017
At its heart, UNRWA’s mission is to preserve the dignity and rights of Palestine refugees, amidst the difficult conditions they so often face. We remain utterly committed to our responsibilities, and when considering the extreme insecurity and conflict that refugees are now...
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl (left) addresses the Agency’s Advisory Commission during its second bi-annual meeting in Jordan on 13 November 2017. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Marwan Baghdadi
13 November 2017
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl pays tribute to the Agency for building and maintaining “one of the most successful” human development institutions in the region, highlights encouraging efforts to achieve financial stability for UNRWA and concludes with an...
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl (centre) speaks during the General Assembly’s Fourth Committee discussions on aspects of the Agency’s work. Also pictured, the Director of the UNRWA Representative Office in New York, Mr. Peter Mulrean (left), and Fourth Committee Vice-Chair Mr. Ahmed Abdelrahman Ahmed Almahmoud of the United Arab Emirates (right). Photo by Thejasvi Ramu
03 November 2017
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl tells the General Assembly’s Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization Committee) that he is encouraged by ongoing efforts to improve the Agency’s financial stability, but urges collective action to address a...