UNRWA and SDG 1: No Poverty

The SDGs call for the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions by 2030. Whilst globally the number of people living in extreme poverty has dropped by more than half in the last 30 years, the incidence of poverty in the Middle East North Africa region increased between 2010 and 2015, unique amongst world regions. Poverty remains prevalent amongst Palestine refugees, with those suffering the impacts of conflict (Gaza and Syria), occupation (West Bank), blockade (Gaza) and social and economic exclusion (Lebanon) bearing the brunt. Poverty rates are also typically higher inside Palestine refugee camps, where approximately one third of the Palestine refugee population live. More than half of all households living in Gaza are poor, as are 75 per cent and 65 per cent of Palestine refugees living in Syria and Lebanon, respectively.

UNRWA has adopted a holistic approach to tackle poverty and the disruptive effects associated with over 70 years of displacement. Access to free primary health care, basic education, livelihood opportunities, relief and social services, shelter and environmental health are critical to ensuring that Palestine refugees have the fundamentals to overcome the multidimensional nature of poverty. In addition, efforts to bridge the gender gap, protect the vulnerable and empower the marginalised (including women and persons with disabilities) ensure that nobody is left behind on the path towards sustainable development.