The Emergency Appeal outlines UNRWA’s programmatic response to the humanitarian consequences caused by the outbreak of the second intifada in late 2000 and subsequent conflicts in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. The programmes and associated budget requirements are separate from UNRWA’s regular, or General Fund requirements, which are oriented towards the provision of the aforementioned human development services.
The 2012 UNRWA Emergency Appeal seeks funding to address the essential needs of Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Through this Appeal, UNRWA is requesting $300,724,896 to cover the costs of emergency programmes in 11 critical sectors. Due to recent funding shortfalls and UNRWA’s ongoing commitment to efficiency, this year’s Appeal represents only the most urgent activities. As such, total requirements are more than 20 per cent lower than last year. None of UNRWA’s work would be possible without donors’ generous support, for which the Agency remains deeply grateful.
Activities in 2012 are organised around three strategic objectives: promoting food security through food aid and livelihoods support; protecting refugees’ rights and access to basic services; and strengthening emergency response capacity. The 11 sectors presented in the Appeal are grouped around these priorities, which in turn inform all proposed activities.