Kuwait joins UNRWA’s Advisory Commission

31 January 2011

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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For more information please contact:

Peter Ford
Representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General
Mobile: +962 (0) 77 676 0062
Office: +962 (0) 65 80 8521

Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0724

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 more than US$ 106  million.

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