UNRWA Commissioner-General meets UAERC Chairman in Dubai

03 April 2012

3 April 2012
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A delegation of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), led by Commissioner-General Mr. Filippo Grandi, met today with representatives from the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent (UAERC) during a visit to the UAE. In the meeting with UAERC Chairman Mr. Ahmad Humeed Al Mazroui and Advisor for International Relations Dr. Abdel-Karim Bensiali, the UAERC underlined its sustained commitment to UNRWA, noting that for the UAERC, UNRWA continues to be a major partner and the one through which it extends support to Palestine refugees.

During a fruitful meeting, the UAERC and UNRWA representatives discussed a number of areas of potential future co-operation, including support for school construction in Gaza, a health centre in Jerusalem, and food assistance for poor Palestine refugees in Gaza and Syria, and to those still displaced after the destruction of Nahr el-Bared Camp in northern Lebanon.

The UAERC is a regular contributor to UNRWA’s programmes to feed the poorest Palestine refugees, and a committed supporter of major UNRWA construction projects, having partnered with the Agency through many initiatives in Syria, Gaza, Lebanon and the West Bank.

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Background information

UNRWA provides assistance, protection and advocacy for nearly 5 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, pending a solution to their plight. The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, social safety-net, camp infrastructure and improvement, community support, microfinance and emergency response, including in times of armed conflict.

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by contributions from States. The Agency’s core budget for 2012-2013 stands at USD 1.33 billion. In 2012, emergency appeals for the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon amounted to USD 344.0 million.

For more information please contact:

Christopher Gunness
UNRWA Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0267
c.gunness@unrwa.org

Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0724
s.mshasha@unrwa.org

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$ 68 million.

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