07/02/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/02/2019 04:17
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has contributed an additional US$ 2 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of Palestine refugees. The contribution will go towards the Agency's core services, including for education, health and relief and social services, in its five fields of operation in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Expressing his appreciation to the Kingdom, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said, 'I would like to thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people for this additional support provided to UNRWA at this time. I am happy to confirm, yet again, that the Kingdom's long-standing partnership with UNRWA in support of Palestine refugees is something we can rely on.'
This contribution comes at a critical time for UNRWA, which is still facing significant challenges to meet all financial requirements through the end of this year. In 2019, the Agency requires a total of US$ 1.2 billion for all its operations in the region, including both human development and humanitarian aid service delivery.
Over the years, Saudi Arabia has been a dedicated partner to UNRWA and became the Agency's third-largest donors in 2018 with a total contribution of over US$ 160 million. UNRWA is deeply grateful for the sustained support of the Kingdom.