Qatar donates $10 million to UNRWA for Gaza

25 February 2009

25 February 2009

East Jerusalem

Responding to UNRWA’s appeal for $345 million for its Quick Response Plan for Gaza, the government of Qatar has allocated $10 million for UNRWA out of $40 million which it is donating to the UN as a whole.

The donation follows the visit by the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Ms Karen AbuZayd, to Qatar on 9- 11 February. Reacting to the donation Ms AbuZayd said: “This is splendid news for the refugees of Gaza. It will enable us to help them in particular with job creation. Following this and the earlier announcement of Kuwait’s donation of $34 million we look forward to hearing more Arab expressions of support for UNRWA’s plans for Gaza at next week’s meeting of donors in Sharm Ash Shaikh.”

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For more information please contact:

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 US$ 69 million.

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