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The Netherlands donates over US$6m for West Bank and Gaza emergency
The Dutch government has made a donation of over US$6m in response to UNRWA’s 2011 emergency appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory.
The contribution of US$6.18m will go towards supporting UNRWA’s emergency work in the West Bank and Gaza, which aims to mitigate the effects on refugees of the deteriorating political, socio-economic and security situation there.
This year’s emergency contribution comes on top of funding for the rehousing of refugees in southern Gaza, as well as a donation of US$18.6m in support of UNRWA’s main programmes: education, health, relief, infrastructure, and microfinance.
The Dutch government was the Agency’s sixth biggest donor last year, with funds going to support the Agency’s main programmes as well as human rights education in Gaza, music teaching in Jordan, and legal aid for Palestine refugees in Lebanon.
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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