The Emergency Appeal aims to address the urgent humanitarian needs of the more than one million Palestine refugees who continue to face a protracted protection crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory. Palestine refugee vulnerability is characterized by a context of high unemployment, amplified food insecurity and obstinate poverty levels. Notwithstanding increased needs, UNRWA received USD142.8 million against a total request of USD300.7 million or 47.5 per cent of funds. The 2012 Emergency Appeal was already almost 21 per cent lower than the 2011 appeal request. The shortfalls required UNRWA to implement a contracting of prioritized interventions, in both depth and breadth, against achievements originally planned.