UNRWA and ANERA Expand Cooperation in Lebanon

21 November 2013
UNRWA and ANERA Expand Cooperation in Lebanon


Ann Dismorr, Director of Affairs in Lebanon for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) met on 21 November 2013 with Bill Corcoran, President and CEO of the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA). 

Ms. Dismorr briefed Mr. Corcoran and ANERA on the impact of the humanitarian crisis in Syria. She also discussed the situation of Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) in Lebanon and explained their basic needs, such as shelter and border access. 

Mr. Corcoran reiterated the cooperation between UNRWA and ANERA in helping PRS. He discussed new possibilities for providing support to UNRWA efforts in emergency education and health for PRS in Lebanon. 

Currently, ANERA provides in-kind donations of medication to UNRWA, helping respond to the health needs of around 190,000 Palestine refugees each year. This support provides an indirect benefit to the health of Palestine refugees residing in camps and gatherings in Lebanon. 

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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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