The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary‑General.
**Questions and Answers
Question: I have two things I want to ask about, and I apologize for being late, because I was at the Cuba vote at the GA, so one of these may have been asked, which is the fallout now, a day later, as the dust has settled on UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East], do you have any more details and possible timeline for, one, giving us more information about what was in the OIOS [Office of Internal Oversight Services] report and, number two, for the timeline for the GA and the SG to come up with a new Commissioner‑General.
Spokesman: Sure. No to your first one. On your second one, the process will be started as soon as possible. It’s very important… and the Secretary‑General realises it, that it is very important for UNRWA to have strong and stable leadership, especially at a time where its mandate is going to be renewed, discussions for renewal in the General Assembly. And I think the Secretary‑General, throughout this process, has expressed and will continue to work for the strong support of UNRWA and the people it serves.
Question: Thank you, Steph. It’s just a clarification on James’ question. Yeah, on UNRWA. You’ll be relieved, yes.
Spokesman: Thank you for that precision, yeah.
Question: …The initial findings are what the… were referred to in your statement yesterday of management shortcomings, I think, or so said. As you understand it, is that investigation at an end, or will there be a secondary full report? And of the preliminary findings that you already had or the SG had at his disposal, were any other individuals named in the initial report? It’s just because initially it said senior management.
Spokesman: I’m not… you know, I have nothing to share with you at this point on any other investigations that may be going on. Madame?
Document Source: Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Global Communications, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
Subject: Assistance, Refugees and displaced persons
Publication Date: 07/11/2019