15 March 2018, Rome, Italy: UNRWA Extraordinary Ministerial Conference. FAO Headquarters
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the oldest and largest UN humanitarian and human development programme in the Middle East, serving over five million Palestine refugees, is experiencing the worst financial crisis in its 70 year history and may be forced to suspend services.
The Foreign Ministers of Jordan, Sweden and Egypt will co-chair the Extraordinary Ministerial Conference in support of UNRWA. The aim is to actively support a collective response by the international community to protect the rights and dignity of Palestinian Refugees and ensure that UNRWA’s unprecedented funding deficit of US$ 446 million is urgently resolved.
The Extraordinary Ministerial Conference will includespecial attendance of the UN Secretary-General, Mr Antonio Guterres, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms Federica Mogherini.
The Conference calls on the international community to join in a clear demonstration of concrete international support for UNRWA’s vital humanitarian efforts on behalf of Palestinian refugees, which is also an important contribution to stability in the region.