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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
22 August 2015


الأونروا تعرب عن امتنانها العميق للدول المضيفة على دعمها المثالي في معالجة أزمتها المالية

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl has expressed his deep gratitude for the exemplary support, commitment and understanding from host country governments as UNRWA has strived to close its core budget deficit in recent months.

Particular recognition and praise goes to the Government of Jordan – including the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister – for robust support, personal outreach and joint fundraising efforts.

Special appreciation is expressed to the President and Prime Minister of the State of Palestine, and the Palestine Liberation Organization, including the Department of Refugee Affairs for strong solidarity, outreach and dialogue; and to the Prime Minister of Lebanon for valued support and welcome initiatives.

UNRWA also appreciates the dialogue it had with the Director of the General Authority for Palestine Arab Refugees in Syria regarding the Agency’s financial crisis.

“We are deeply grateful to host country governments for their active engagement in recent months,” Mr. Krähenbühl said. “The hosts expressed deep concerns about possible consequences of the financial crisis on UNRWA’s education program. They were very supportive of UNRWA’s approach to addressing the crisis ever since the Agency first announced the risk of a delayed start to the school year.

We appreciate that their commitment is not limited to solving the Agency’s 2015 funding shortfall, but extends to supporting UNRWA efforts to secure a more stable financial footing for the future. We look forward in particular to their support in the upcoming League of Arab States and General Assembly meetings, and their support for internal measures designed to more effectively preserve and protect the core UNRWA services.”

Mr. Krähenbühl stressed that education is a “fundamental right” for children everywhere. “We must ensure that we never again reach a stage where core UNRWA services are at risk,” he said. “It is a matter of dignity and respect for Palestine refugees and their children. My determination and commitment in this regard and in protecting the mandate of UNRWA is absolute.

“We fought very hard to create a revival of solidarity for Palestine refugees and a renewed understanding of the importance of respecting their rights and addressing their needs adequately and predictably. We thank host country governments for their trust.”
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