Corrigendum to our recent statement on rising humanitarian needs in Yarmouk, Syria<font color=blue></font>

19 December 2012

In our press release of 17 December 2012 titled, “Humanitarian needs rising as residents flee fighting, seek safety in UNRWA schools”, we omitted to include in the list of UNRWA’s partners, the Syrian Government’s General Authority for Palestine Refugees (GAPAR). This omission occurred in error and is sincerely regretted.
GAPAR remains UNRWA’s principal humanitarian partner in Syria. Its support and cooperation is essential for the Agency’s programmes and operations, including the ongoing response to the present situation. The omission from the press release of 17 December does not in any way diminish the Agency’s appreciation or GAPAR’s exemplary record in supporting UNRWA and Palestine refugees over the decades. 

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Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, 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 some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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