The Executive Director of the Qaddafi Foundation met today with UNRWA's Deputy Commissioner-General

24 July 2010

The Executive Director of the Qaddafi Foundation, Mr. Youssef Sawani, met today with UNRWA‘s Deputy Commissioner-General, Ms. Margot Ellis, to discuss reconstruction projects in Gaza and the upcoming visit to Tripoli of UNRWA‘s Commissioner-General. Ms. Ellis and Mr. Sawani exchanged views on the humanitarian situation in Gaza and ideas on how the Qaddafi Foundation could best support Palestine refugees through UNRWA in the Gaza strip.

UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, Mr. Filippo Grandi, will be visiting Libya in August to participate in a ceremony with Mr. Saif Al Islam Gaddafi, Chairman of the Qaddafi Foundation, during which three agreements will be signed to fund three projects in Gaza and in the West Bank.

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,  projected for 2016 to stand at US$ 74 million. 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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