UNRWA

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.

UN chief praises impact of Palestine refugee agency as ‘our common success’, at key pledging conference

The work of the UN body responsible for assisting Palestine refugees, UNRWA, which has allowed millions of children to receive an education that promotes UN values of human rights and tolerance, as well as democracy and conflict resolution, should be viewed “not only as our common responsibility, but as our common success”, said Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday.

Education and basic services for West Bank at risk, warns UN refugee relief agency

Unless more emergency funding is received by the end of this month, the UN relief agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), said on Tuesday that 46,000 children will be unable to start the new school year, along with major cuts to health and other basic services.

In an interview with UN News’s Matt Wells, she praised the solidarity and support of the international community since the US decision, insisting the agency is using its funds “very wisely”, ahead of a key pledging conference in New York on 25 June.

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Monday’s Daily Brief: #ClimateAction for the Pacific, Gaza blockade, attack in Burkina Faso

This Monday, top stories are: Gaza's aid dependency due to the ongoing blockade; a special focus on climate change and its impact on islands and people of the Pacific; UN condemnation after a deadly attack in Burkina Faso.