Breakfast seminar: Uncertain future for millions of Palestinian refugees

A conversation about UNRWA
Uncertain Future for Millions of Palestinian Refugees: A Conversation about UNRWA – Breakfast seminar Wednesday 15 February from 08:30 to 09:30

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Middle East Centre together with the NCHS and the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) is hosting a breakfast conversation about the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and its political and financial challenges.

UNRWA has provided humanitarian support to Palestinian refugees (currently numbering 5.9 million), as they wait for a political solution. After decades of conflict, such a solution has failed to materialise and UNRWA continues to need to exist. Despite this, it has struggled with persistent underfunding even though humanitarian needs are immense.

In the wake of multiple regional crises, the situation for Palestinian refugees is becoming increasingly precarious, while at the same time there has been an increasingly politicised debate concerning UNRWA funding in a number of donor countries.

Leni Stenseth, the Deputy Commissioner General for UNRWA, will visit PRIO on Wednesday 15 February to lead a discussion on UNRWA’s political and financial challenges.

In the panel, she meets Kjersti Berg (CMI), who together with Jørgen Jensehaugen (PRIO) will present a recent report that examines possible scenarios for UNRWA’s future. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry will also offer perspectives on what Norway’s policy for UNRWA is. The seminar will be moderated by Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (PRIO and NCHS Co-Director).

Find out more about the seminar and register here.

You can access a copy of the report by Berg and Jensehaugen “UNRWA, funding crisis and the way forward” here.