31 January 2011
Kuwait has been invited by the General Assembly of the United Nations to join the Advisory Commission of the United Nations Agency for Relief and Works of Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The invitation was delivered to HE Dr Hamad Al Duaij, Ambassador of Kuwait in Jordan, by Mr Peter Ford, Representative of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA.
Kuwait becomes the second Arab donor country to join the Advisory Commission after current Chair, Saudi Arabia. The invitation to Kuwait followed the donation by the Amir of Kuwait, HH Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, of US$ 34 million to UNRWA in 2009 in response to the Gaza emergency.
Welcoming Kuwait’s membership, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Mr Filippo Grandi, said: “I am delighted to see Kuwait become the second Arab donor member of our Advisory Commission, and would hope to see more Arab countries join. Kuwait has been a consistent supporter of UNRWA for many years, and through the Amir’s very generous contribution, in addition to a recent increase in its annual contribution to US$ 2 million it has qualified itself as a major donor. We look forward to working with Kuwait to provide humanitarian support to Palestine refugees and thus to enhance regional stability.”
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