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 funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, and financial support has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, deepening poverty and conflict. As a result, the UNRWA General Fund, which supports core essential services and most staffing costs, operates with a large deficit. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large deficits, 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 solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

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