Expanded collaboration between the Qatar Fund for Development and UNRWA – Occupied Palestinian Territory
The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) has announced a contribution of US $ 18 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of its resources base for 2021 and 2022. The total contribution of US $ 18 million will be disbursed in installments, with $ 10 million in 2021 and $ 8 million in 2022. Qatar is the first Arab country to have signed a multi-year agreement with UNRWA in 2018 – the previous agreement covering UNRWA Resources in 2019 and 2020.
In addition, the QFFD contributed $ 7 million to UNRWA to support its emergency program in Syria. This generous contribution will cover the cash assistance, education, health and vocational training program that the Palestinian refugees in Syria urgently need.
The general situation in Syria still poses immense challenges for Palestinian refugees. This contribution from the QFFD comes at a much needed time due to the deteriorating living conditions and difficult socio-economic conditions inside Syria, which are having a further impact on an already vulnerable Palestinian refugee population, with increasing levels of poverty and food insecurity, as well as fuel and electricity shortages. .
During his visit to Doha, UNRWA Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini signed the Partnership Agreement with QFFD Director General HE Khalifa Jassim Al Kuwari. âUNRWA is extremely proud of its partnership with the QFFD and the government of Qatar,â said Mr. Lazzarini. âTheir steady support over several decades has greatly contributed to the Agency’s ability to provide health, education and rescue services to Palestinian refugees. Commenting on the timeliness of this exceptional show of support, he said: âAt a time of intense pressure on our Agency, the generosity of the government of Qatar and the QFFD sends a clear message of solidarity to Palestinian refugees.
UNRWA is intensifying its contacts with donors and partners ahead of the International Conference on UNRWA to be held in Brussels on November 16 under the chairmanship of Jordan and Sweden. The conference seeks to establish a plan whereby the international community provides the Agency with sufficient and sustainable funding to enable the continuation and modernization of the services Palestinian refugees receive under the UNRWA mandate of the General Assembly. United Nations.
UNRWA is faced with an increased demand for services resulting from an increase in the number of registered Palestinian refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and the worsening of their poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been overtaken by growing needs. As a result, UNRWA’s program budget, which supports the provision of basic essential services, is operating with a large deficit. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to make every effort to fully fund the Agency’s program budget. UNRWA’s emergency programs and key projects, which also operate with large deficits, are funded through separate funding portals.
UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to Palestinian refugees registered with UNRWA in its five areas of operation. Its mission is to help Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip to realize their full potential for human development, while awaiting a just and lasting solution to their fate. UNRWA’s services include education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.
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