Special Lecture by UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl
In his lecture, UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl addressed that in our history wars had been justified however such a notion must be changed. He claimed it is obvious in recent years military interventions did not bring any peace to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, or Yemen as well as other countries in conflicts. Instead we are to seek for political solutions to resolve problems. Referring to Charter of the United Nations or Geneva Convention, he emphasized that although they are created 70 years ago we must not overlook their principles reached as the result of the tragic war.
Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl also sincerely asked for the supports from other countries and expressed his expectation for companies and individual contribution addressing importance of education for Palestine refugees. He emphasized they are unique individuals with dreams and hopes just as the rest of us, not just to be labeled as refugees as the world tends to view them as. At last he promised to continue to aiding refugees at his best with the daring spirit took after those refugees who do not give up or give in.
Following the lecture, the panel discussion was held between Commissioner General Krähenbühl, NHK Senior Commentator Nobuhisa Degawa and Director of Human Resoueces Center for International Cooperation Professor Yasuhiro Ueki. Mr. Degawa. As Mr. Deghawa asked a question regarding President Trump decision to accept Jerusalem as a capital of Israel and to relocate the U.S. embassy there pointing out the fact UNRWA may be facing lack of funding, Commissioner General Krähenbühl admitted the fact 1/3 of UNRWA funding is depended on the U.S. however UNSRWA will not give up its support for 700 schools and 140 medical institutions. Whatever it takes, he expressed from putting effort to enduring negotiation with the U.S. to asking support from other countries as well as seeking other opportunities such as kicking off fundraising campaigns. Also he appealed the importance of the long term stable funding and the support from neighboring Arab nations.
More than two hundred guests with high interests for Middle-East issues gathered from Sophia University as well as outside public greatly appriciated his lecture.