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.”


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 confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, 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 and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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