Malaysia donates US$100,000 to UNRWA

13 December 2011

13 December 2011

Malaysia has made a US$ 100,000 donation to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). This contribution to UNRWA’s General Fund will support the Agency’s essential services to Palestine refugees in its five areas of operation.

Welcoming the donation, Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, said: “I congratulate Malaysia on their decision and efforts to increase the contribution to our Agency. Economic difficulties, in addition to a volatile political environment in the region make this gesture even more significant as these factors deeply affect Palestine refugees. The contribution from Malaysia is a symbol that the issue of Palestine refugees is of global concern, beyond the region in which they live.”

Malaysia has provided support for the Palestinian people in various ways in the past, including donating US$ 250,000 for emergency operations in Gaza in 2009. Furthermore, it has consistently expressed its support for a just resolution to the Palestinian problem.

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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

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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