India Contributes US$ 5 million to UNRWA in Support of Palestine Refugees

07 August 2019
Mr. Marc Lassouaoui, UNRWA Chief of Donor Relations receives a generous contribution from H.E. the Representative of the Government of India to the State of Palestine Mr. Sunil Kumar.  © 2019 UNRWA Photo by Marwan Baghdadi

The Government of India has contributed US$ 5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s core programmes and services, including education, health care, and relief and social services. The contribution was presented to UNRWA by the Representative of India to the State of Palestine, H.E. Mr. Sunil Kumar.

India has increased its annual financial contribution to UNRWA from US $1.25 million in 2016 to US$ 5 million in 2018 and 2019. In response to this generous contribution, Mr. Marc Lassouaoui, Chief of Donor Relations, said: “On behalf of the Agency, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the committed support from the Government of India to UNRWA. India’s increased contribution to the Agency in 2018 contributed significantly to helping UNRWA address an existential funding crisis. This year, the Government of India continues to demonstrate its strong commitment to, and solidarity with, Palestine refugees. We are extremely proud of this solid partnership and grateful for the generous contribution.”

Representative of India H.E. Mr. Sunil Kumar expressed appreciation for the commendable work and endeavors carried out by UNRWA in the region. He underscored India’s steadfast support for the Agency’s activities across its five fields of operation and the provision of assistance to some 5.5 million Palestine refugees, helping them achieve their full human development potential. India has made a strong appeal to other traditional donors of UNRWA to consider enhancing their contributions, as well as to non-donor member states, to consider contributing to the Agency in solidarity with the Palestine refugees.

The Government of India has contributed US$ 5 million to the UNRWA in support of the Agency’s core programmes and services

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