UNRWA Advisory Commission Members Visit Lebanon

16 November 2017
The members of the Advisory Commission, accompanied by the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Claudio Cordone, met with community representatives, in particular youth groups during their visit to Lebanon. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Marwan Naamani
The members of the Advisory Commission, accompanied by the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Claudio Cordone, met with community representatives, in particular youth groups during their visit to Lebanon. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Marwan Naamani
The members of the Advisory Commission, accompanied by the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Claudio Cordone, met with community representatives, in particular youth groups during their visit to Lebanon. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Marwan Naamani
The members of the Advisory Commission, accompanied by the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Claudio Cordone, met with community representatives, in particular youth groups during their visit to Lebanon. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Marwan Naamani
The members of the Advisory Commission, accompanied by the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Claudio Cordone, met with community representatives, in particular youth groups during their visit to Lebanon. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Marwan Naamani

On 15 and 16 November 2017, members of the Advisory Commission of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) visited the Agency’s operations in Lebanon and witnessed firsthand the situation of Palestine refugees.

The members of the Advisory Commission, accompanied by the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Claudio Cordone, met with community representatives, in particular youth groups. The meetings focused on the challenging living conditions of Palestine refugee youth and their future, specifically their needs for educational, skill-building and employment opportunities.

The visit included a tour in Rashidieh camp and Siblin Training Centre in South Lebanon as well as Burj Barajneh camp in Beirut, where community representatives and UNRWA staff presented camp improvement, community service and other initiatives. Students from al-Aqsa school in Rashidieh camp showcased the role of school parliaments in involving students in decision-making.

Mr. Cordone said, “UNRWA is ever more committed to supporting Palestine refugee youth to reach their full potential. We continue to provide children and youth with educational opportunities, as well as vital services like health care and services to improve their living conditions.”

He added, “The present situation of Palestine refugee youth is challenging, but with their active participation and the crucial support from our donors and the Lebanese authorities we can create a better future.”

On the second day of the visit, the Advisory Commission members met with representatives from the UNRWA Syria field office and discussed the situation in Syria and the challenges faced by Palestine refugees there.

The Advisory Commission is tasked with advising and assisting the Commissioner-General of UNRWA in carrying out the Agency’s mandate.