MEDIA ADVISORY – HIGH-LEVEL EVENT IN SUPPORT OF PALESTINE REFUGEES AND UNRWA
What: Press briefing following the High-Level Ministerial Event convened by Jordan and Sweden in
support of Palestine Refugees and UNRWA
Who: UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Jordan, H.E. Ayman
Date: Thursday, 21 September 2023
Time: 15:00 – 15:30 (New York Time)
22:00 – 22:30 (Jerusalem Time)
Venue: Press Room, 2nd floor, General Assembly Building, UN Secretariat New York
Focus: Overview on the outcomes of the High-Level meeting with latest information on the challenges
that Palestine Refugees face, the work of UNRWA and a latest update on the Agency’s
urgent financial needs.
UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. The United Nations General Assembly established UNRWA in 1949 with a mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestine refugees in the Agency’s area of operations pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.
UNRWA operates in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, The Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
Tens of thousands of Palestine refugees who lost their homes and livelihoods due to the 1948 conflict continue to be displaced and in need of support, nearly 75 years on.
UNRWA helps Palestine Refugees achieve their full potential in human development through quality services it provides in education, health care, relief and social services, protection, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance, and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.