Earlier this week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described UNRWA as “the backbone of the entire humanitarian response in Gaza” and called on all countries to “ensure the continuity of UNRWA’s work that saves lives”.
Itamaraty defends agency
In a statement issued this Wednesday, the Brazilian government also came out in support of the agency. UOL had revealed Itamaraty’s position over the weekend. Now, in a note, the foreign ministry states that “Brazil trusts that the ongoing investigations, conducted by the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), and which resulted in the dismissal of Agency employees, will come to a successful conclusion. term”.
“The aforementioned complaints must not, however, lead to a reduction in essential contributions to the functioning of UNRWA, in a scenario that could lead to the collapse of the agency’s activities, in the context of a serious humanitarian crisis in Gaza and to the detriment of compliance with a recent decision, of a legally binding, by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), on the imperative of guaranteeing humanitarian access to the citizens of Gaza”, he argued.
“The Palestinian civilian population in the region and humanitarian aid efforts have an indispensable point of support in UNRWA,” he said.
According to Itamaraty, since October 7, 2023, UNRWA has provided vital care to more than 1.4 million people in the Gaza Strip. “It is worth remembering that 152 Agency employees in Gaza have been killed since the start of the Israeli military offensive in response to Hamas’ terrorist acts,” he added.