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4) Write a short note on United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).(250 words)

Topic:  Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

4) Write a short note on United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).(250 words)

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Why this question:

Earlier this month, India contributed USD 5 million to the UN Palestine refugee agency and called for ensuring sustained fiscal support for the organization’s work.

Key demand of the question:

The answer is straightforward and expects one to discuss in depth the mandate, genesis and relevance of UNRWA.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Discuss in brief the coming of UNRWA.

Body:

Discuss the following aspects – 

  • It was established in 1949, following the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict. 
  • In the absence of a solution to the Palestine refugee problem, the General Assembly has repeatedly renewed UNRWA’s mandate, most recently extending it until 30 June 2020.
  • What is its mandate? – To support Palestinian refugees, and their patrilineal descendants, who fled or were expelled from their homes during the 1948 Palestine war and 1967 Six Day war.
  • What services does it provide? – It provides education, health care, and social services to the population it supports.

Conclusion:

Conclude with significance of the agency.

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