Support from Japan for Palestine Refugees

11 November 2013
Support from Japan for Palestine Refugees
Support from Japan for Palestine Refugees
Support from Japan for Palestine Refugees

East Jerusalem

At a ceremony at the Representative Office of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, in Ramallah, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the Government of Japan celebrated an important occasion, as Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, accepted a generous contribution of JPY 630 million (US$ 6.4 million). 
The latest donation from Japan will help provide 300,000 Palestine refugees across the Agency’s fields with food aid during the second half of 2014. Beneficiaries will receive important staples, including wheat flour, sunflower oil and pulses.

Junya Matsuura, Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, reiterated the commitment of Japan to supporting the Palestine refugee community. He said: “We are very proud of our relationship with UNRWA. By working together, we are able to provide important support to Palestine refugees – in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza – many of whom are facing such terrible challenges and growing difficulties.”

The Commissioner-General expressed the Agency’s gratitude for the donation. He said: “We are extremely grateful to the Government and the people of Japan for their continued generosity and support to UNRWA. At a time of increasing challenges for Palestine refugees, it is heartening to note the growing strength of our relationship with partners like Japan.”

Mr. Grandi noted that with the latest donation, the Government of Japan had made its largest ever annual contribution to UNRWA, totaling US$ 28.8 million in 2013. Support from Japan has been a crucial element of the Agency’s response to the ongoing conflict in Syria, has provided emergency support in Gaza and has also supported UNRWA human development services across the five fields. Reflecting its importance as a major UNRWA partner, Japan has been a member of the Agency’s Advisory Commission since 1973.

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. 

For more information, please contact:

Sami Mshasha
Director of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
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