UNRWA seeks to garner largest budgetary support at Rome conference
Amman The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has said it is looking forward to mobilizing the largest support for its budget at an international conference to be held in Italy’s capital Rome on Thursday.
Speaking to the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) on Saturday, UNRWA’s Media Spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna warned that the critical financial crisis the Agency is going through threatens stability in the region.
The spokesman said UNRWA will hold an international conference at the level of foreign ministers of all the donor countries in Rome on March 15, to discuss its financial crisis. He added that gathering will also be attended by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, representatives of countries hosting Palestinian refugees and members of UNRWA Advisory Committee.
Abu Hasna underlined that the conference will address the unprecedented financial deficit faced by the UN Agency which threatens its operations and services to millions of Palestinian refugees.
UNRWA provides educational, healthcare and social services as well as shelter, micro-credit loans and emergency aid to over five million Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
The European Union, the second largest contributor to UNRWA’s budget after the US, will take part in the international conference. The conference is an important step in response to the US decision to withhold $65 million that was to be paid in early 2018 to UNRWA.
Last February, a bilateral meeting was held between UNRWA’s Commissioner General Pierre KrA�henbuhl and Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, in which they affirmed their strong commitment to serving the Palestinian refugees.
KrA�henbuhl had earlier announced the launch of an international campaign entitled “Dignity is Priceless” to support UNRWA, in view of the US funding cuts to the Agency.
Source: International Islamic News Agency