Indonesia pledges $100,000 for Palestine refugees

23 December 2011

23 December 2011
Jerusalem

Indonesia pledged a fivefold increase in its support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in 2012, with a voluntary contribution of $100,000 to the UN agency.

“We are grateful for this donation from Indonesia, which will help us provide health care, education, and other vital services to Palestine refugees,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi. “At a time when solidarity with the Palestinian people is so important, Indonesia is sending an important message of support to refugees.”

The announcement was made at a pledging conference for the Agency, in the same month that the UN General Assembly called on member states to increase their support for Palestine refugees through UNRWA.

As an emerging economy and a longstanding advocate of the Palestinian people, Indonesia has been steadily increasing its support for UNRWA in recent years. Indonesia’s contribution to UNRWA has increased from US$ 10,000 in 2008, to US$ 20,000 in 2011, and now US$ 100,000 in 2012.

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For more information please contact:

Christopher Gunness
UNRWA Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0267
c.gunness@unrwa.org

Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0724
s.mshasha@unrwa.org

Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 56 million.

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