UN funds shortage amid Jordan’s economic challenges

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AMMAN — The UN Resident Coordinator in Jordan, Sheri Ritsema-Anderson, revealed on Tuesday that UN programs reached a value of one billion US dollars in 2022. However, the budget for UN projects over the next five years is estimated to be less than 3 billion dollars, according to projections. She expressed hope for budget improvement, amidst the ongoing economic challenges in the Kingdom.اضافة اعلان

Over the past five years, during the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022, the UN successfully executed approximately 4.6 billion dollars of humanitarian and developmental programs. This includes advancing major priorities and implementing projects in three main areas: strengthened institutions, empowered individuals, and enhanced opportunities, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Challenges in addressing inequality and promoting economic growth
While acknowledging Jordan's significant accomplishments in sustainable development goals, she also pointed out that the country is still facing challenges in addressing inequality and promoting economic growth and decent work, as evidenced by unemployment statistics.

To address these issues and promote sustainable development, the UN is currently collaborating with the Jordanian government to finalize a new cooperation framework for the period 2023-2027.

She highlighted the importance of supporting and enhancing basic services, social protection, and key sectors such as education and health. Additionally, she emphasized the significance of addressing climate issues, ensuring sustainable water access, promoting economic growth, job creation, digital transformation, food security, and sustainable energy. Furthermore, she emphasized the importance of supporting reform and government institutions while fostering a strong connection between citizens and these institutions.

Funding shortage for the current year
Amid these efforts, the coordinator also pointed out a major challenge in financing operations related to refugees. She stressed that funding operations in Jordan are crucial for supporting sustainable development goals and ensuring sufficient funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). UNRWA requires 200 million dollars to meet the funding needs for the current year. Additionally, funding for the World Food Program is also essential.

While calling on donors to continue their support, Ritsema-Anderson reaffirmed the United Nations' commitment to assisting refugees and addressing humanitarian needs.

In light of recent developments, the UN World Food Program announced a one-third reduction in the monthly assistance provided to all Syrian refugees in the Za'atri and Azraq camps, with a total of 119,000 refugees being affected by this change.

A severe funding shortage of 41 million US dollars
Despite these efforts, the program emphasized that even with adjustments to assistance and prioritizing the most vulnerable families, urgent challenges persist. The World Food Program still faces a severe funding shortage of 41 million US dollars until the end of 2023.

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