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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
5 November 2007



UNRWA
PRESS RELEASE
Press Release

5 November 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



UNITED ARAB EMIRATES DOUBLES CASH TO UNRWA


Jerusalem, 5th November 2007: The UAE is to double its contribution to UNRWA’s regular budget from $500,000 to $1 million next year.

Welcoming the news, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Karen Koning AbuZayd, said “This generous donation on the part of the UAE will help my Agency continue providing education, healthcare, housing and social services to the long suffering Palestinian refugees we serve. This increase also reinforces the role of the UAE as a special partner of UNRWA within the Arab world.”

Through annual contributions and support for projects like the rebuilding of the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank and the Khan Younes camp in Gaza, the UAE government and the UAE Red Crescent have donated over $31million to UNRWA since 2002. In addition, last year the UAE-based Zayed Bin Sultan Foundation pledged $6 million to UNRWA for school improvement.

A UAE delegation will be among those attending the upcoming annual meeting of UNRWA Hosts and Donors taking place in Amman on 19-20 November. The meeting takes place against a background of increased pressure on UNRWA as a result of closures in the West Bank, and the crises in Gaza and the Nahr el Bared camp in northern Lebanon.

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