UNRWA donor conference set to be held in New York on Friday

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AMMAN — A conference for the donors of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is set to be held on Friday in New York to discuss mobilization of resources for the last quarter of 2023. اضافة اعلان

The agency stated that it has exhausted its capacity to absorb the funding shortfall over a decade or austerity.

Official spokesperson for the UN agency, Tamara Al-Rifai said that the President of the United Nations General Assembly will preside over the conference with the presence of Secretary-General Antoni Guterres this Friday in New York in an attempt to mobilize the necessary resources for UNRWA for the last quarter of the year, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Al-Rifai, who is also the Director of External Relations and Media at the UN, urged donors to stand strongly with Palestinian refugees, especially to those who have reduced their funding.

She called on Arab partners to stand with the agency and the refugees and support the agency politically and financially as a provider of essential services and a factor of stability in the lives of refugees.

She spoke about the agency reaching a stage that will no longer be able to reduce its budget, stating that it has exhausted its capacity to absorb the funding shortfall over nearly ten years.

The agency announced a week ago that it has received $364 million after announcing that its budget for the current year is $1.63 billion.

Last week, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi held extensive talks with Guterres in New York, emphasizing the importance of continuing to provide the necessary support to UNRWA.

Safadi and Guterres confirmed the impossibility of dispensing with its role, which is suffering due to the lack of necessary allocations.

Established in 1949, UNRWA provides humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestinian refugees in the agency's operational areas until a just and lasting solution to their plight is reached. UNRWA operates in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza Strip, and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

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