17/06/2016

Ireland To Provide €4.5m To United Nations Relief and Works Agency

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, has announced funding of €4.5 million for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees.

€4m will go to UNRWA's General Fund to support the agency in delivering core services, particulary in education and health to some five million Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

€500,000 will go to UNRWA's Gaza Emergency Appeal to help meet urgent humanitarian needs.

Speaking in Jerusalem following a meeting with UNRWA's Deputy Director General Sandra Mitchell, Minister Flanagan said: "Ireland has been a longstanding supporter of UNRWA's vital work in delivering humanitarian and development assistance to Palestine refugees.

"Today I am announcing the provision of €4 million to UNRWA's General Fund this year and I am committed to maintaining the same contribution level in 2017 and 2018.

"This multiannual commitment will allow UNRWA greater predictability and flexibility for improved delivery of basic services such as food, water, education and social services to Palestine refugees and will help make a real difference to the lives of this very vulnerable population."

(MH/JP)

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