New from UNRWA - April 2010

03 May 2010

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 (April 2010) are:

Emergency appeal progress report

Update on UNRWA’s activities under its emergency appeal for the West Bank and Gaza, covering the period 1 January to 30 June 2009.

Download the report (PDF)

More about our emergency programmes

Food security and nutrition survey of herding communities in Area C

A food security and nutrition survey jointly carried out by the United Nations World Food Programme, UNICEF and UNRWA. It found unusually high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition among herder and Bedouin communities living in the Israeli-controlled Area C of the West Bank.

Download the survey (PDF)
More about the West Bank

Gaza factsheets

New factsheets from the Gaza field office:

Job creation programme (PDF)
Priorities, programmes and initiatives (PDF)
Construction, reconstruction and infrastructure (PDF)

More about Gaza

UNRWA in figures

Three childrenLatest statistics for registered refugees, UNRWA budget, staff and installations for every programme and in all five areas of operations.

Download UNRWA in figures (PDF)
More statistics from UNRWA

More publications from UNRWA

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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