Brazil, UAE Admitted to UNRWA Advisory Commission

JERUSALEM, December 9, 2014 (WAFA) – The United Nations General Assembly has voted with an overwhelming majority to admit Brazil and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to full membership of the Advisory Commission of the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said, “Both Brazil and the UAE have been exemplary partners, providing steadfast support to UNRWA operations, including during and after the 50-day Gaza conflict.”

Krähenbühl welcomed both countries whose place is now sealed by the Membership of the Advisory Commission.

Being the first Latin American country to be represented on the Advisory Commission, Brazil has a history in supporting UNRWA, with $9.2 million worth of donations in support to UNRWA in 2014, in the form of rice for vulnerable and food-insecure refugees.

According to the press statement, Brazil also contributed $8 million to UNRWA between 2012 and 2013, while the UAE contributed $78.2 million towards UNRWA’s projects and programs during the last five years.

UNRWA said that the UAE membership brings the influence of an important ally in the Arab-region to the Advisory Commission, and strengthens the existing relationship with a valued partner.

The Advisory Commission, currently chaired by Sweden, was created by UN Resolution 302 (IV) on 8 December 1949 and is tasked with advising and assisting UNRWA Commissioner-General in carrying out the Agency’s mandate.

There are now 27 Advisory Commission members and three observers.