UNRWA and Ammar Hasan Sing for “Dignity for All”

01 August 2013

Since 2010, the Dignity for All campaign of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has worked to improve the situation of the over 400,000 Palestine refugees living in Lebanon. The campaign’s concluding effort is a music video for a song, “Dignity for All,” that was inspired by a visit to Palestine refugee camps in Lebanon. 
The song and video bring together the efforts of notable artists, including poet Nizar Francis, composer Rawad Raed and distributor Danny Elhelou. Superstar singer Ammar Hasan lends his voice to the vocals, emphasizing the campaign’s message: “Everyone has the right to live in dignity.” 
The Dignity for All campaign has been supported since its inception by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Office (ECHO). It sought to enhance public knowledge and understanding of the situation of Palestine refugees in Lebanon and to improve the perceptions that the Lebanese and refugee communities had of one another. Over the years, its efforts included sport activities, documentary screenings, round-table meetings and face-to-face visits to build bridges between the communities. 
The collaboration of such celebrated artists on the “Dignity for All” song and video marks the conclusion of a campaign that emphasized relationships between people and the importance of human dignity for all communities. The video of Ammar Hasan’s song can be seen on YouTube here.

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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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Sami Mshasha
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