Assistance to the Palestinian People

The Assistance to the Palestinian People Unit (APPU) was established in 1985, with a specific mandate to monitor and investigate the social and economic impact of policies of the Israeli occupation authorities in the Palestinian territory.
The establishment of APPU crowned the secretariat´s pioneering work on the Palestinian economy which commenced in 1979 upon the request of member States.
This makes UNCTAD the first international organization to systematically examine the Palestinian economy´s multifaceted development predicament.
Drawing on the secretariat´s global mandate, APPU has been actively responding to official requests for technical assistance by Palestinian public and civil society institutions, thereby positioning itself as a focal point for the interrelated treatment of Palestinian trade, finance and economic development.
UNCTAD´s work on the Palestinian economy is centred on the secretariat´s three main interrelated pillars of activities:
  1. Research and analysis
  2. Technical cooperation
  3. Supporting intergovernmental consensus-building in this area of work
Activities under each pillar respond to the evolving needs of the Palestinian people within four programmatic clusters:
  • Development strategies and trade policies
  • Trade facilitation and logistics
  • Public finance modernization and reform
  • Enterprise, investment and competition

Note: In accordance with the relevant resolutions and decisions of the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council, references in this Web site to the Occupied Palestinian Territory (or occupied Palestinian territories) pertain to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.


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11 September 2018Economic reality in Occupied Palestinian Territory is bleaker than ever
24 May 2018State of Palestine expresses intent to join UNCTAD
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03 April 2018Palestinian people denied human right to development, UNCTAD study says.
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19 September 2017Occupied Palestinian Territory: a vicious cycle of economic collapse
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12 September 2017Fifty years of occupation have driven the Palestinian economy into de-development and poverty
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