Thursday, June 23, 2011

Saudi government donates US $5.2 million to UNRWA

Amman, 22 June - UNRWA has received US$ 5.2 million from the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is the Kingdom’s annual contribution of US$ 2 million to the Agency’s core budget, together with some payments relating to earlier years. 

UNRWA Commissioner General, Mr. Filippo Grandi, taking delivery of a cheque from HE Mr Fahd Al Zaid, Ambassador of the Kingdom to Jordan, said, “UNRWA is grateful to the leadership and people of  Saudi Arabia for this timely contribution. It comes at a time when the Agency is facing a very worrying deficit in funding for its regular programmes. The Kingdom’s support for UNRWA is highly appreciated. ”  

Saudi Arabia is the current chair of the UNRWA Advisory Commission. Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest funders of the Agency construction and relief projects.


UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, provides assistance, protection and advocacy for some 4.8 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, pending a solution to their plight. The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, social safety-net, camp infrastructure and improvement, community support, microfinance and emergency response, including in times of armed conflict.

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