The present report of the Working Group on the Financing of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East provides a description of the activities of the Group in 2018 and a detailed outline of the current financial situation of the Agency. The Working Group adopted the report at its meeting on 22 August 2018.(a) As in previous reports of the Group, the present report closes with concluding remarks addressed to all Member States.
(a) The United States of America has dissociated itself from the present report.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was established under General Assembly resolution 302 (IV), and its mandate was most recently renewed by the Assembly in its resolution 71/91.
The Working Group on the Financing of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East was established by the General Assembly under resolution 2656 (XXV) to study all aspects of the financing o f the Agency.
The Working Group consists of the representatives of France, Ghana, Japan,
Lebanon, Norway, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America. It is currently chaired by the Permanent Representative of Turkey, Feridun H. Sinirlioğlu.
At its twenty-fifth session and all sessions that have followed, the General Assembly has considered the reports submitted to it by the Working Group (in 2017, A/72/326) and adopted resolutions relating to UNRWA and the Working Group, taking note with appreciation of the efforts of the Working Group (the most recent being resolution 72/82).