Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East: Report of the Secretar-General

07 April 2017

In paragraph 32 of its resolution 71/93 on the operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to facilitate broad consultations with Member States, notably host countries, members of the Advisory Commission of UNRWA and other donors, as well as with international financial institutions, to explore all potential ways and means, including through voluntary and assessed contributions, to ensure that the Agency’s funding is sufficient, predictable and sustained for the duration of its mandate.

In the same resolution, the Secretary-General was also requested to report to the General Assembly on the conclusions of those consultations and recommendations by March 2017 for its consideration.

In keeping with the request of the General Assembly, the present report summarizes the findings of the consultations and presents the conclusions and recommendations of the Secretary-General, including requests for action to address the financial crisis of the Agency that gave rise to the request, for the consideration of the Assembly.

Two UNRWA students from Gaza enjoy recess in their first day of school. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al-Saraj
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