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UN chief calls for sustainable funding for Palestine refugees agency

NNN: UN chief calls for sustainable funding for Palestine refugees agency

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UN chief calls for sustainable funding for Palestine refugees agency

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United Nations, June 23, 2022 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for sustainable funding for the UN agency for Palestine refugees.

“The agency, officially known as the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), suffers from chronic underfunding.

“ In the last 10 years, the needs of Palestine refugees have increased, while funds have stagnated,’’ Guterres said.

He said UNRWA has worked hard to absorb the annual funding shortage through program efficiencies.

“But that alone will never solve the problem,’’ he said.

Guterres made a twofold appeal to UN member states: to make pledges that will bring UNRWA’s funding shortfall down to zero for this year and put the agency on a durable financial footing.

He added that the second appeal requires a long-term plan to stabilise the financing of UNRWA and together, reach sufficient, predictable, and sustainable funding.

“Millions of Palestine refugees are counting on us to relieve their suffering and to help them build a better future. We cannot let them down.”

He said the Ukraine crisis is catching global attention but the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the plight of Palestine refugees must not be sidelined.

“I reiterate the importance of pursuing peace efforts to realise the vision of two states, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security, with Jerusalem as the capital of both states.

“But until then, UNRWA remains vital in supporting those in need,” he said.

To help Palestine refugees is a matter of justice but it is also a barrier to the progression of extremism, terrorism, and other threats, said Guterres.

UNRWA, which currently helps some 5.6 million Palestine refugees and their descendants in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria as well as in West Bank and Gaza, is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states.

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