Germany sends new aid to UNRWA and stresses its importance in providing the necessary care for the residents of Gaza

By Manal Abdel Fattah

The German government announced its readiness to resume financial and development cooperation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza, against the backdrop of the reforms and recommendations contained in the report of the independent review group led by former French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna.

The German government confirmed, in a joint statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, that it had discussed the allegations made by Israel against UNRWA extensively with the relevant authorities, including the Israeli government and the United Nations. She praised the measures taken by UNRWA in response to these allegations and pledged to implement the recommendations quickly and efficiently.

Among the important recommendations recommended by the report are strengthening UNRWA’s internal audit and staffing it with international UN staff, in addition to improving external supervision of project management. The reforms also include continued verification of UNRWA staff lists with Israeli security authorities and expansion of internal training programmes.

The German government expressed its appreciation for the new central role played by Sigrid Kaag as central coordinator of United Nations aid in Gaza, and affirmed its full support for her. In light of these developments, Germany and other countries such as Australia, Canada, Sweden and Japan will resume cooperation with UNRWA, and will seek to provide the necessary funding to cover the agency’s short-term financing needs in Gaza.

The statement concluded by emphasizing the importance of UNRWA’s role in providing the necessary care to the residents of Gaza, especially in light of the ongoing humanitarian crisis, pointing to the recent emphasis from the Group of Seven on the need for UNRWA and other United Nations agencies to be able to carry out their tasks at full capacity.

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