Brazil admitted to UN's relief agency panel

 The UN General Assembly (UNGA) voted overwhelmingly to admit Brazil as a full member to the Advisory Commission of the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees in the Near East.

IANS| Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014, 11:38 AM IST

United Nations: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) voted overwhelmingly to admit Brazil as a full member to the Advisory Commission of the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees in the Near East.

The vote marked Tuesday the first time a Latin American country being admitted to the agency`s top consultative body, which advises on key strategic decisions, Xinhua reported citing the UNRWA statement.

"Brazil is the first Latin American country to be represented on the Advisory Commission, cementing a relationship that has grown remarkably over the past five years," the UNRWA said.

Brazil`s "increased support culminated in $9.2 million worth of donations to the UNRWA in 2014, in the form of rice for vulnerable and food-insecure refugees", the agency said, adding that "Brazil also contributed $8 million to the UNRWA between 2012 and 2013".