UNRWA Commissioner-General meets with Dutch Foreign Minister

01 February 2012

30 January 2012
The Hague, Netherlands

UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi was received by the Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal in The Hague. The Commissioner-General briefed the Foreign Minister on UNRWA operations throughout the region, including the Agency‘s reform plans, as well as progress on the Dutch reconstruction project in the Gaza Strip.

He thanked the Foreign Minister for the consistent Dutch support to UNRWA. The Netherlands are UNRWA‘s eighth-largest donor overall and have played a key role in supporting the Agency as a member of its Advisory Commission since 2005.

Background Information

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, and financial support has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, deepening poverty and conflict. As a result, the UNRWA General Fund, which supports core essential services and most staffing costs, operates with a large deficit. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large deficits, 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 solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

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