UN chief accepts independent review of UNRWA

By Thomson Reuters Apr 22, 2024 | 7:26 AM

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has accepted the recommendations from an independent review of U.N. Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA’s ability to ensure neutrality and respond to allegations of breaches, his spokesperson said on Monday.

“He has agreed with Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini that UNRWA, with the Secretary-General’s support, will establish an action plan to implement the recommendations,” U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement. “Moving forward, the Secretary-General appeals to all stakeholders to actively support UNRWA, as it is a lifeline for Palestine refugees in the region.”

The review, led by former French foreign minister Catherine Colonna, is due to be released later on Monday.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Susan Heavey)