UNRWA thanks Kuwaiti ambassador for consistent support

08 November 2010

3 November
Amman

UNRWA thanks Kuwaiti ambassador for consistent supportPeter Ford, Representative of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees), called on Sheikh Faisal Al-Humoud Al-Malek Al-Sabah, Ambassador of Kuwait to Jordan, to thank him at the end of his period of service in Amman for his consistent support for the Agency.

During Sheikh Faisal’s period as Ambassador, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, donated US$34 million to UNRWA’s 2009 Gaza Appeal. The government of Kuwait donated US$1.5 million to the Agency’s regular budget each year, and numerous convoys from Kuwait with aid for the people of Gaza were sent via Amman and UNRWA. In addition, steps are under way in New York for Kuwait to be invited to join UNRWA’s Advisory Commission, which comprises donors and the main countries hosting Palestinian refugees. Kuwait will be the second Arab donor after Saudi Arabia to take on the responsibilities of membership of the Commission.

On behalf of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Mr Filippo Grandi, Mr Ford thanked Sheikh Faisal Al-Humoud for his exemplary support and wished him well in the future.

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Joumanah El-Atwani
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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 US$ 56 million.

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