UAE Red Crescent Make $40 Million Pledge for Gaza Reconstruction

25 July 2014
UAE Red Crescent Make $40 Million Pledge for Gaza Reconstruction
East Jerusalem 
 
The United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority (UAERC) on 21 July donated $40.8 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for desperately needed relief and post-conflict construction efforts in the Gaza Strip. The enclave continues to be dramatically affected by Israeli military operations that have so far left hundreds dead, thousands injured and countless numbers of houses, hospitals and schools damaged or destroyed.
 
Dr Hamdan Al-Mazrouie, Chairman of UAERC, signed the agreement with Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner General of UNRWA, to enable UNRWA to begin reconstruction work following cessation of the current conflict. The Commissioner General commended the generosity of UAERC’s donation saying: “In view of the present extreme circumstances endured by the population of Gaza, this important donation is a greatly welcome sign of solidarity and support. UNRWA also takes it as an expression of trust in the work carried out by its staff under very difficult conditions".

 

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.