UNRWA

UN agency assisting Palestinians working at ‘full capacity with inadequate resources’

Some 75 countries and non-governmental organizations have  pledged  $130 million in financial commitments to the UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees across the Middle East, UNRWA, following a  virtual conference on Tuesday,

$1.4 billion needed this year to fund UN’s agency for Palestine refugees

A minimum of $1.4 billion is needed to fund the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, known as UNRWA, the acting chief said on Friday.

News in Brief 31 January 2020

  • $1.4 billion needed for UNRWA budget
  • US Middle East plan a ‘one and a half State solution’
  • Do not confuse food charity with ‘right to food’, UN expert tells Italy
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Gaza youth facing ‘daily existence in a nightmarish scenario’

With unemployment in Gaza standing at 54 per cent, young people there are living “a daily existence in a nightmarish scenario”, according to Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory.

Mr. McGoldrick spoke to May Yaacoub about challenges facing UNRWA, the UN agency that assists the Palestinian people, which continues to face a staggering $200 million funding shortfall.

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Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Call for end to Haiti violence, Palestine refugee agency chief resigns, ICC on Libya, Mahira Khan new UNHCR ambassador

A recap of stories this Wednesday: Statement by UN advisory group on Haiti’s crisis; Palestine refugee agency head steps down; Libya remains ensnared by violence; Cholera campaign to guard Sudan’s Khartoum; Pakistan’s Mahira Khan named UN Goodwill Ambassador.

Palestine refugee agency chief resigns amidst mismanagement probe

The Commissioner-General for the UN relief and works agency serving Palestine refugees, UNRWA, resigned on Wednesday, hours after the UN announced preliminary findings of an investigation into misconduct allegations.

News in Brief 6 November 2019

  • Palestine refugee agency chief steps down amidst mismanagement probe  
  • Sudan cholera campaign moves to protect Khartoum state 
  • Pakistani actress Mahira Khan named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador 
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News in Brief 11 September 2019

  • Food insecurity plagues South Sudan
  • UNRWA chief appeals to Arab League for support
  • Mining should boost development and human rights in Mongolia: UN expert
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News in Brief 01 August 2019

  • Security Council condemns ‘heinous and cowardly’ Afghanistan killings
  • Acting deputy head of Palestine refugee agency, amid misconduct allegations
  • Most infants missing out on breastfeeding: UNICEF
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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: funding for Palestine refugees, families today, tech surveillance

This Tuesday, we cover: a key fundraising conference for the UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA); a new UN report on families in 2019-2020; a call by an independent human rights expert to ban surveillance technology; 20,000 migrants rescued in the Sahara; and malnutrition in India.