UNSCO (United Nations Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories)

The UNSCO was established in 1994 to serve as the focal point for all United Nations economic, social and other assistance to the Palestinian people. The Special Coordinator facilitates coordination within the United Nations organisations providing assistance in the West Bank and Gaza (29 organisations, 13 of which have offices in the area).

The Special Coordinator represents the UN at Ad Hoc Liaison Committee formed after the Conference to Support Middle East Peace (October 1993). The current Special Coordinator is Terje Rød-Larsen .

The mandate of the Special Coordinator is to:

  • provide overall guidance to and facilitate coordination among United Nations programmes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip;
  • represent the United Nations at donor coordination meetings and assist the Palestinian Authority and donors in coordinating international donor assistance;
  • maintain contact with the many NGO’s operational in the West Bank and Gaza Strip;
  • support the implementation of the Declaration of Principles (see « Oslo peace process ») at the request of the parties;
  • represent the Secretary General at multilateral working groups set up under the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Accords.

For more information:

UNSCO website