Turkey contributes US$500,000 to the Quick Response Plan for Gaza

02 April 2009

The government of Turkey has contributed US$500,000 in response to UNRWA’s appeal for its Quick Response Plan for Gaza (QRP). The donation was formally finalized at a signing ceremony attended by UNRWA‘s deputy Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi and Dr. Ercan Özer, the Ambassador Consul General of Turkey in Jerusalem.

The QRP was launched to facilitate “day-after” responsiveness to the acute humanitarian and early recovery needs of refugees in the Gaza strip. The US$ 345 million appeal provides funds for UNRWA’s regular activities in Gaza as well as expanded emergency programmes and other interventions that are a prerequisite for the longer term recovery plan that will be needed to rebuild the lives and homes of the residents of Gaza.

The Turkish government has been a steady supporter of UNRWA’s relief and humanitarian work. Since 2000 Turkey has contributed over US$ 7,400,000 to UNRWA programmes and projects. Moreover, UNRWA works in partnership with Turkish Red Crescent and a number of Turkish NGOs to deliver aid and services to Palestine refugees.
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 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 more than US$ 106  million.

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