Japanese Ambassador visits Amman Training Center and UNRWA installations in Baqa’a camp

27 May 2009

27 May 2009


His Excellency the Japanese Ambassador to Jordan, Mr. Tetsuo Shioguchi, today visited UNRWA’s Amman Training Center, including the nursing section which was funded by a Japanese contribution of about $250,000. Since the course was introduced in 2004, 76 associate nurses have graduated from it.

In recognition of the Japanese contribution, a ceremony was held at the center with the nursing graduates and their instructors. Speaking at the ceremony, the Ambassador reaffirmed the Japanese government’s commitment to supporting the Agency and its work for Palestine refugees.

Accompanied by the Director of UNRWA Operations in Jordan, Mr. Richard Cook, the Ambassador also visited an UNRWA rented school building in Nazal neighborhood in Amman and Agency installations in Baqa’a camp.

The tour of Baqa’a included visits to the Japanese-funded school, the Women Programme Center, a refugee shelter, and the Health Center.

Mr. Cook expressed UNRWA’s deepest appreciation for Japan’s continued support for Palestine refugees. “Japan has been a long-time partner of UNRWA, supporting all the Agency’s funds and efforts in all its five fields of operation” said Mr. Cook.

Japan is one of the largest donors to UNRWA’s regular programmes, emergency operations and special projects benefiting more than 4.6 million Palestine refugees registered with the Agency in the region. Its contributions in 2008 amounted to about $14.25 million.

Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA programme budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s programme budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5.4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance. 

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