UNDP Strongly Rebuts Insinuation by Fox News
12 Aug 2014
UNDP strongly rebuts the insinuation in a Fox News article published on 11 August 2014 that UNDP’s Program of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) is somehow connected to materials used in the construction of tunnels in Gaza. This insinuation is completely without foundation.
UNDP PAPP has extremely robust measures in place, agreed and jointly overseen with the Israeli authorities, to ensure that all building material entering Gaza goes exactly to its intended purposes. These procedures are set out in detail in a written Memorandum of Understanding with the Israeli authorities. We have received no complaints from the Israeli authorities of any deviations from the agreed procedures, or of any diversion or misuse of construction material.
The audit cited by Fox News makes no reference to any diversion or misuse of construction material. It highlights the need for greater clarity to ensure that service contract holders perform specific tasks for specific projects in line with the terms of their contract. UNDP PAPP is now implementing the report’s recommendations.
UNDP welcomes the current ceasefire and expresses its hopes for an agreement that ends hostilities and civilian suffering while also laying a foundation for sustainable peace. UNDP is supporting the Palestinians to assess immediate needs and chart a path for recovery and human development.