Official Statements

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...
28 October 2017
On 15 October 2017, UNRWA discovered the existence of what appeared to be a tunnel underneath one of its schools in Gaza. In accordance with its protocol, the Agency has taken the necessary measures immediately to render the school safe and has sealed the cavity underneath...
06 October 2017
A recent report about the Palestinian Authority textbooks being used in UNRWA schools is inaccurate and misleading. 178 of the books cited are not being used in UNRWA schools; that’s almost 90 per cent of the evidence on which the conclusions of the report are based.
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl briefs the press on the margins of the General Assembly's annual general debate. UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist
28 September 2017
“We are gathered here first of all to send a message of solidarity and reassurance to 5.3 million Palestine Refugees,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl tells the high-level meeting “Giving Hope to Palestine Refugees: New Horizons for Sustainable Funding for...
02 September 2017
The decision to suspend in-take of certain cases at our hospital in Qalqilia was made with the best interests of Palestine refugees in mind, especially in ensuring high standard maternity and natal care