Kuwait joins UNRWA’s Advisory Commission

31 January 2011

31 January 2011

Kuwait has been invited by the General Assembly of the United Nations to join the Advisory Commission of the United Nations Agency for Relief and Works of Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The invitation was delivered to HE Dr Hamad Al Duaij, Ambassador of Kuwait in Jordan, by Mr Peter Ford, Representative of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA.

Kuwait becomes the second Arab donor country to join the Advisory Commission after current Chair, Saudi Arabia. The invitation to Kuwait followed the donation by the Amir of Kuwait, HH Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, of US$ 34 million to UNRWA in 2009 in response to the Gaza emergency.

Welcoming Kuwait’s membership, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Mr Filippo Grandi, said: “I am delighted to see Kuwait become the second Arab donor member of our Advisory Commission, and would hope to see more Arab countries join. Kuwait has been a consistent supporter of UNRWA for many years, and through the Amir’s very generous contribution, in addition to a recent increase in its annual contribution to US$ 2 million it has qualified itself as a major donor. We look forward to working with Kuwait to provide humanitarian support to Palestine refugees and thus to enhance regional stability.”

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For more information please contact:

Peter Ford
Representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General
Mobile: +962 (0) 77 676 0062
Office: +962 (0) 65 80 8521
[email protected]

Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0724
[email protected]

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 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank 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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