UNRWA leads way with region's first "green school"

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Filippo Grandi

An innovative project to build an environmentally friendly school has been started by the UN agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza.

The agency says the project has come about after intensive work by its engineers in cooperation with Italian design firm Mario Cucinella Architects.

According to UNRWA, the concept of the 'green school' refers to a stand-alone school building, which relies only on renewable, free, locally available resources such as rainwater as well as solar and ground energy.

The Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Filippo Grandi, who laid the cornerstone for the school in Khan Younis in southern Gaza, said there are three reasons  why the school is so important.

"The first is that it is a sign that UNRWA, while remaining loyal, remaining faithful to its mandate, it's also able to do new things. The second reason is that the environment, the care, the attention for the environment is one the greatest if not the greatest priority for the United Nations. The third reason why I think it's important is precisely the blockade issue." (29")

The "green school" project in Gaza is supported by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development through the Islamic Development Bank.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

Duration: 1’23″

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