UNRWA Signs Agreement With Government of Andalucía

30 November 2009

30 November 2009

Madrid

The Andalusian International Development Cooperation Agency of the Regional Government of Andalucía (AACID) and UNRWA today signed a memorandum of understanding.

The agreement establishes a formal framework of cooperation between the two organisations, which will further co-operation and humanitarian aid programmes that contribute to improving Palestine refugees’ living conditions.

As part of the arrangement, a partnership programme will be set up, with further agreements made between AACID and UNRWA every year.

This arrangement greatly benefits the Agency by providing flexibility in how best to serve its beneficiaries, and it highlights the value of partners that understand UNRWA’s needs. This type of long-term partnership gives the Agency greater financial security and allows it to plan its services with confidence.

For 2010, AACID will contribute EUR€1.8 million towards improving maternal and child health in the Palestinian refugee camps. The programme will provide perinatal care, part of the first phase of UNRWA’s life-cycle approach to healthcare.

This agreement forms part of the co-operative relations maintained by the government of Spain with UNRWA, in the context of the poverty and need in which Palestine refugees live.
 

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,  projected for 2016 to stand at US$ 96.5 million. 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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