New from UNRWA – January 2011

31 January 2011

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) publishes a range of reports and statistics detailing the Agency’s work and the situation of the Palestine refugees it serves.

Newly published this month (January 2011) are:

Socio-Economic Survey of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

Survey of living conditions and welfare status of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, conducted by UNRWA in collaboration with the American University of Beirut

Download the full report (PDF)

More about UNRWA in Lebanon

Emergency Appeal 2011

Details of UNRWA’s funding needs to address the protracted humanitarian crisis in the West Bank and Gaza in 2011.

Download the appeal (PDF)

More about our emergency programmes

Nahr el-Bared Camp Relief and Recovery Needs 2011

Details of UNRWA’s funding needs to assist displaced refugees and rebuild Nahr el-Bared camp in northern Lebanon, more than three years after its destruction.

Download the appeal for Nahr el-Bared (PDF)

More about the Nahr el-Bared crisis

Fields of operation map

Map showing refugee camp locations and latest statistics for UNRWA’s five fields of operation.

Download the map (PDF)

More about where UNRWA works

Arab Partners Unit Update 5

Newsletter focusing on the latest contributions from UNRWA’s Arab partners the Agency’s new programmes between September and December 2010.

Download the newsletter (PDF)

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$ 81 million.

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