Japan Resumes Funding To UNRWA With Contribution Of US$ 35 Million In Support Of Palestine Refugees

18 April 2024
Japanese Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, Yoichi Nakashima, and the Director of Partnerships with the UNRWA Department of External Relations and Communications, Karim Amer, sign the agreement in East Jerusalem last week. © 2024 UNRWA Photo

EAST JERUSALEM

The Government of Japan has resumed funding to UNRWA with a contribution of US$ 35 million in support of Palestine Refugees.

Japanese Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, Yoichi Nakashima, and the Director of Partnerships with the UNRWA Department of External Relations and Communications, Karim Amer, signed the agreement in East Jerusalem last week.

“Recognizing UNRWA’s indispensable role in Gaza, even as it works to enhance governance and manage risks, the Government of Japan decided to resume funding to help UNRWA provide basic services to families in need,” said Ambassador Nakashima.

This critical contribution allows UNRWA to continue providing core services – including healthcare and relief and social services – to millions of Palestine Refugees across its five fields of operation. It also supports the Agency’s Emergency Appeals for Syria, Lebanon and Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territory.

“Of the US$ 35 million, around US$ 10 million will be used for improving sanitary conditions and delivering essential items for women and newborns in the Gaza Strip, with the remainder going to support Palestine Refugees in the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria,” said Amer.

“The reinstatement of Japan's funding will bring hope and stability to a community in desperate need and continue over 70 years of vital partnership between UNRWA and Japan in support of Palestine Refugees,” he added.

Japan is a dedicated donor to UNRWA, having supported the Agency since 1953.In 2023, it was the sixth largest contributor to the Agency. It is thanks to the enduring support of such donors  that UNRWA is able to provide vital services to Palestine Refugees across the Middle East in the face of its continuing financial challenges.

Background Information: 

UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. The United Nations General Assembly established UNRWA in 1949 with a mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestine refugees in the Agency’s area of operations pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.

UNRWA operates in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, The Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. 

Tens of thousands of Palestine refugees who lost their homes and livelihoods due to the 1948 conflict continue to be displaced and in need of support, nearly 75 years on.

UNRWA helps Palestine Refugees achieve their full potential in human development through quality services it provides in education, health care, relief and social services, protection, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance, and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.

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