UAE a valued, reliable partner: UNRWA Commissioner-General

GAZA, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl commended the outstanding show of support from the UAE, following the country announcing a US$50 million contribution to the UN Agency.

The UAE announced on Sunday a US$50 million contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, reiterating its commitment to support the vital and life-saving services provided by the Agency to over five million Palestine refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank.

Krahenbuhl said, "At a time of intense pressure on our Agency, the immense generosity of the United Arab Emirates sends a clear message that Palestine refugees are not alone. In addition to a crucial financial contribution, it is also a show of solidarity by the UAE for which I am deeply grateful."

"The UAE is a valued and reliable partner to the Agency, and one of a select few donors whose regular support over several decades has greatly contributed to the Agency's ability to carry out its mandate," he added.

The UNRWA Commissioner-General went on to note that this "extraordinary financial support" will go a long way in helping UNRWA maintain its programmes for 2019, namely in the areas of primary healthcare, education and social services.

"UNRWA remains grateful to the UAE for its renewed trust and support," he continued, adding that in 2018, the UAE's US$50 million contribution to the Agency enabled it to open the doors of its 708 schools for the 2018-2019 academic year, and made the UAE the sixth largest donor for that year.

UNRWA is mandated to provide life-saving services to some 5.4 million Palestinian refugees registered with the Agency across its five fields of operation in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Its services include education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

Source: Emirates News Agency