UNRWA Commissioner-General pays farewell visit to Syria

27 September 2009

27 September 2009


UNRWA Commissioner-General, Karen Koning AbuZayd, arrived in Syria today for her last official visit as head of the Agency.

During her three-day visit Ms. AbuZayd will hold meetings with high-ranking representatives of the government. Ms. AbuZayd will use this visit to thank the Syrian Government for the exemplary cooperation with UNRWA in providing the best services to Palestine refugees during her time as Commissioner-General.

Ms. AbuZayd starts her visit in Aleppo, where tomorrow, 28 September, she will inaugurate the completion of phase I of the Neirab Rehabilitation Project, the biggest and most ambitious shelter rehabilitation project undertaken by UNRWA in Syria.

On 29 September, Ms. AbuZayd will inaugurate facilities in Sbeineh Camp financed by donations from the governments of Germany and the United States.

In the afternoon, Ms. AbuZayd will travel to Yarmouk to take part in the opening of the 2009 Global Peace Games for Children and Youth.

Ms. AbuZayd has served as UNRWA’s Commissioner-General since June 2005 and was the Agency’s Deputy Commissioner-General from 2000 to 2005. She will step down at the end of 2009, but will continue her personal commitment with UNRWA’s mandate.

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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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