Jordan, Sweden galvanize effort to support UNRWA

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AMMAN — Jordan and Sweden are galvanizing diplomatic efforts to support the primary UN agency tending to Palestinian refugees, Al-Ghad News reported.اضافة اعلان

It said the effort to support UNRWA will take place on the margins of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, set to be held in September.

According to a knowledgeable source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Jordan is making significant efforts to support UNRWA, working jointly with international partners, to mobilize the necessary political and financial support for the agency.

The source said the effort was needed to enable the agency to continue providing vital services to Palestinian refugees in accordance with its UN mandate to maintain its healthcare and education services to refugees.

“Jordan counts on the international conference to adopt effective strategies and plans to ensure the agency’s continued support for sustaining the vital health, education, and relief services it provides to Palestinian refugees” according to the ministry source, who preferred anonymity.

Jordan and Sweden have previously co-chaired a donors’ conference last November 16, which took place in Brussels, with the participation of 29 ministers of foreign affairs, ministers of state, deputy ministers, and representatives of 61 countries and international organizations.

Additional contributions pledged during last year’s conference amounted to $38 million. Eight member states announced a total contribution of over $614 million through multi-year agreements, new or renewable for periods of two to five years.

Participants emphasized that such existing multi-year pledges, if achieved in full and at projected levels, would be equivalent to 40 percent of the agency’s core budget requirements for 2022. 

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