Summit on UNRWA funding gets $100m in aid pledges

A Palestinian woman holds a child outside the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine R

The conference saw additional pledges to UNRWA of approximately US$ 100 million by numerous donors as part of an worldwide effort to address the Agency's funding shortfall, and to sustain its "vital" services in an unstable region. Stepping up were Qatar, Canada, Switzerland, Turkey, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Mexico, Slovakia, India and France, U.N. officials said.

Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, told delegates that UNRWA's emergency and human development services were vital to the dignity of over five million people. "Now it is very clear, it is absolutely essential, that the extraordinary unanimity in political support to UNRWA and its activities translates itself into cash".

Attended by representatives from 90 countries, the meeting tackled the UNRWA's chronic funding crisis, which was exacerbated in January when the US withheld $65 million of aid to the agency. The UN body that helps Palestinian refugees is looking to cover an estimated $446 million budget shortfall that was primarily caused by U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt decision in January to freeze U.S. aid to the Palestinians.

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Cutting sanitation, health care and medical services in already poverty-wracked and conflict-ridden areas "would have severe impacts - a cascade of problems that could push the suffering in disastrous and unpredictable directions", he warned.

The US had been UNWRA's largest donor, supplying almost 30 percent of its budget. "In order to tackle the crisis in Syria, during the last few years UNRWA has been obliged to increase its assistance and relief activities for the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees left in the country, and also assist the tens of thousands of displaced persons in Lebanon and Jordan", the foreign minister noted.

He stressed the support of UNRWA is a political message that the global community has not abandoned the Palestinian refugees and has not left them victims of destitution and despair, and will not contribute to depriving half a million students of their right to decent living and education in the five areas of UNRWA work. According to the Development Initiative's (DI) Global Humanitarian Assistance, Turkey came second after the US among countries that contributed the most humanitarian aid to Palestine in 2016.

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