Iconic image spotlighting plight of Palestine refugees illuminates UN headquarters

The huge photograph, originally taken in 1983 and featuring a UN Relief and Works Agency in the Near East (UNRWA) school girl, was visible for six hours and was also displayed on buildings in Bangkok, Beirut, Dubai, Jakarta, Seville, Tokyo, Marrakesh, and Vienna as part of the agency’s Building Solidarity campaign, which seeks to highlight the unresolved political plight of Palestinian refugees.Speaking in front of UN Headquarters, UNRWA’s Deputy Commissioner-General Margot Ellis stressed the importance of showing solidarity with the Palestinian people.“UNRWA has been doing this for 65 years through the delivery of basic services such as education and health, which have successfully led to the human development of the Palestine refugee community,” she said, adding, “we also have extensive emergency programmes in all five areas of our operations, which include Jordan, Lebanon and the West Bank.”She noted that five million people, many of whom were very poor, are still waiting for a resolution of their plight after six decades. Calling for “renewed political action in the peace process,” she underlined the importance of the Agency in providing human development, hope and prospects for a dignified future.“Humanitarian action by UNRWA is vital though it is certainly not a substitute for full rights, employment and dignity without which refugees will remain in a state of extreme vulnerability,” she said.Ms. Ellis was in New York for the annual UNRWA donor pledging conference and she underlined the need for sustained international support for UNRWA’s programmes, particularly in the context of the recent conflict in Gaza and the ongoing war in Syria entering its fourth year.Despite such growing needs, as well as larger numbers of refugees and deepening poverty, financial support for UNRWA has not kept pace and the agency’s General Fund, which supports core activities and is 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions and has a current deficit of $56 million.Through the Building Solidarity campaign, UNRWA has digitized more than 300,000 of its nearly half a million images, dating from as far back as 1948 and the original displacement of Palestinians. The archive has been recognized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with “Memory of the World” status and will be available on line to journalists, writers, scholars and anyone interested in the long and still unresolved question of Palestine refugees and the development of UNRWA’s services over six decades. read more

Only university in UK with mens officer scraps role after its sole

“Especially when UWE students actually voted against such position. Men are not a minority at university and surely appointing a wellbeing officer would cover men’s mental health.”NUS women’s officer Sarah Lasoye said: “The role of a men’s officer is entirely obsolete and the attempt to implement one stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of liberation and almost always an unearned sense of entitlement.”Mr Knight said the negative response to his campaign, coupled with alleged harassment, caused him to step down. He said in a statement: “Due to the negative reaction to the men’s officer position and continued external harassment, I have taken the difficult decision to stand down as a candidate.”A spokesman from the students’ union at UWE said: “Following the withdrawal of the candidate from the Men’s Officer Role, the election for that position is no longer running. As per our previous statements, we will be seeking ratification of the role at the next Student Council. We will look to move this forward based on their decision.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The only university in the UK with a men’s officer has scrapped the role after the candidate withdrew due to “harassment”.James Knight put his name forward to be men’s officer at the University of the West of England, but claims he was harassed, and has withdrawn. He was the only candidate in the race.The University of the West of England told The Telegraph that the position has now been suspended pending review.The roles of transgender and women’s officers have also been brought in this month.Knight said he stood to highlight “the poor state of mental health services at UWE” and told a student paper: “I know how deeply mental health issues can run in men and how much of a taboo it can be for men to talk about their mental health.”However, students and National Union of Students officers quickly began a campaign against the role.NUS officer Ilyas Nagdee accused the university of “weaponising tragic student suicides” at Bristol University “ in order to pursue this vile undemocratic shambles of a men’s officer”, labelling the election: “The worst thing I’ve seen in student politics.”Student Rebecca Sheeres added: “Can someone explain to me why a men’s officer is necessary please? read more

Gyori AUDI ETO KC win EHF CL for the third time

Gyori AUDI ETO KC are the Women’s EHF Champions League winner for the third time! The best Hungarian team won the big final match against ZRK Vardar Skopje 31:30 (26:26 – 15:12) after extra-time in hot atmosphere of the Pap Laszlo Arena in Budapest, where majority of the fans were on the side of the domestic team.The Macedonian team couldn’t cope in the last ten minutes of the final with experienced ladies in green jerseys. Anita Gorbicz netted seven goals for the winners, while Alexandra Lacabrere scored six at ZRK Vardar.Team from Gyor already won titles in 2013 and 2014.PHOTO: Filip Viranovski, gol.mk ← Previous Story Germany and Spain book places at Men’s EHF EURO 2018! Next Story → Sweden qualify for Men’s EHF EURO 2018 – Poland are almost out! read more