Following the issuance on 9
July 2004 by the International Court of Justice of the
advisory opinion on the Legal Consequences of the
Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory, the United Nations Register of Damage
Caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied
Palestinian Territory (UNRoD) was established in
accordance with General Assembly resolution
A/RES/ES-10/17 of January 2007.
UNRoD is a subsidiary organ
of the General Assembly of the United Nations and
operates under the administrative authority of the
Secretary-General at the site of the United Nations
Office at Vienna (UNOV) which provides administrative
and logistical backstopping.
UNRoD's mandate is to serve
as a record, in documentary form, of the damage caused
to all natural and legal persons concerned as a result
of the construction of the Wall by Israel in the
Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and
around East Jerusalem. UNRoD is not a compensation
commission, claims-resolution facility, judicial or
UNRoD's Office, which was
established following the appointment by the
Secretary-General of the three independent members of
the Board and its Executive Director in 2007, is fully
operational with 18 staff members comprising 9
Professional staff, and 9 General Service staff.
To fulfil its mandate, UNRoD
undertakes outreach activities in the Occupied
Palestinian Territory to inform potential claimants of
the existence and purpose of UNRoD and the procedure
for filing a claim for registration of damage. UNRoD
also assists claimants in completing the official
UNRoD claim forms, and collects completed claims forms
for processing in Vienna.
UNRoD receives, processes and
reviews claims from any natural or legal person who
has sustained material damage or loss as a result of
the construction of the Wall in the Occupied
Palestinian Territory. UNRoD's three-member Board has
the ultimate authority to decide, based on criteria
established by it, whether or not a loss or damage
claimed is to be included in the United Nations
Register of Damage.
By 26 November 2020, 72,140
claim forms for registration of damage and more than
one million supporting documents had been collected.
Claim-intake activities had been carried out in all
nine affected governorates: Tubas, Jenin, Tulkarm,
Qalqilyah, Salfit, Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem and
Jerusalem. As of 1 July 2020, the Board of UNRoD
reviewed and decided on 37,257 of the collected claims
for its inclusion in the Register.
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