French Ambassador to Syria visits Yarmouk Camp

30 June 2010

Damascus

Ambassador of FranceThe Ambassador of France to Syria, HE Mr Eric Chevallier, visited Yarmouk Palestine refugee camp yesterday. Mr Chevallier toured the al-Jalil health centre and met with beneficiaries of UNRWA’s microfinance programme as well as staff and beneficiaries at Yarmouk Community Development Centre B.

The visit concluded with friendly football matches at Yarmouk Stadium between a number of Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk, and French Embassy and UNRWA staff.

Chevallier reaffirmed his government’s support and promised to continue working with UNRWA in ensuring services and aid for Palestinian refugees. 

UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, provides education, healthcare, relief and social services, and micro-credit services to over 470,000 Palestine refugees in Syria. 

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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,  projected for 2016 to stand at US$ 96.5 million. 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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