Statement by H.E. Mr. Ertuğrul Apakan at the Fourth Committee on UNRWA
Thank you, Madam Chair,
Let me first, congratulate you on your assumption of the Chair of this Committee and your able guidance in ensuring smooth conduct of its deliberations.
The Annual Report and the insightful briefing given by the Commissioner-General yesterday explain in detail both the challenges that UNRWA faces and the steps that need to be taken to address them. It became once more clear that the Agency faces serious funding challenges which turned into structural in nature. As the Chair of the Working Group on the financing of UNRWA, we are well aware of this problem.
I must underscore once again that, the Agency cannot and should not be left to carry the burden of an acute financial situation alone. This bleak outlook can only be reversed provided that a shared and coherent international responsibility is displayed. We should ensure the Agency’s capacity to implement its mandate. More outreach will certainly be helpful. Full and continued support from the UN Budget and the international community is essential. We strongly urge all Member States to take into consideration the recommendations of the Working Group and call on the international community to significantly increase its voluntary assistance and contributions to UNRWA. For our part, we doubled our national contribution. Our bilateral assistance program and joint projects for
On the other hand, all obstacles, direct and indirect, on the work of UNRWA must be lifted in the occupied territories and the Agency must be given full and unfettered access by the Israeli Government. In this context, the situation in
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I thank you Madam Chair.