UNRWA Commissioner-General Visits Aleppo

08 October 2010

7 October 2010

UNRWA Commissioner-General, Mr Filippo Grandi, concludes his two-day visit to Syria today.

Since arriving in Aleppo, Mr Grandi has spent time talking with staff in UNRWA’s Aleppo Area Office, meeting young UNRWA beneficiaries at the Aleppo Youth Centre, and discussing the implementation of the Neirab Rehabilitation Project with local community and government stakeholders, including Dr Ali Mansoura, Governor of Aleppo. Mr Grandi used the meeting with Dr Mansoura as an opportunity to express his sincere appreciation for the support the governorate has provided to UNRWA and to discuss opportunities for future cooperation.

The Commissioner-General was honored to be hosted at a special welcome function by Mr ‘Ali Mustafa, Director-General the General Authority for Palestinian Arab Refugees (GAPAR). The function gave both UNRWA and GAPAR the opportunity to exchange dialogue on a range of issues confronting the Agency in Aleppo, Syria and the region more generally.

UNRWA provides education, health care, social services, shelter and micro-credit services to over 470,000 Palestine refugees in Syria.

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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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