26 JUNE 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  And related to that, on the UNRWA funding, does he have any recommendations with respect to more stable funding or innovative funding, for example, including any portion of UNRWA funding in assessments?  Does he have any ideas on that?  Thank you.

Spokesman:  On your last question, I mean, what we would like to see is predictable and generous funding from UNRWA.  UNRWA is structured like most of our agencies with, I think, if I’m not mistaken, a very small portion of it that comes through assessed contributions from the Secretariat.  But the rest, whether it’s UNHCR, UNDP, is all voluntary funding, and we would like people, Member States to continue funding as much as possible.

UNRWA, unless I’m mistaken, does also have a mechanism through private donations, and that has also been activated.

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