Emergency Appeal progress report 21

Covering period 1 Apr - 30 June 2003

On 6 June, UNRWA issued an Emergency Appeal for the second half of 2003 for US$102.9 million. Included in the appeal is a request for US$21.5 million to allow for the repair and reconstruction of damaged and destroyed refugee shelters in Gaza. Over US$32 million of the Appeal is earmarked for food. Launching the Appeal in Geneva, UNRWA's Commissioner-General, Peter Hansen, stressed "If the international community wishes to encourage peace in the region, it must continue working to ease the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank."