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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
20 June 2013

UNRWA and Denmark sign new funding agreement
20 June 2013

The government of Denmark and UNRWA have signed a new memorandum of understanding which allows increased Danish funds to UNRWA’s General Fund, providing predictable support to the Agency’s core services in education, health, relief and social services for the period 2013-2015. This memorandum of understanding formalizes an increase in Danish contributions to UNRWA which took place last year, increasing Danish funds from approximately US$ 12.5 million (DKK 70 million) to approximately US$ 16.1 million (DKK 90 million) annually.   
The increase also paves the way for the introduction of a model for performance assessment agreed between UNRWA and Denmark. This means that approximately US$ 2.4 million (DKK 13.5 million) will be tied to certain performance criteria as a way of supporting UNRWA’s continued improvements within the fields of quality health and education services as well organisational development.  
Denmark is a strong supporter of UNRWA and among its top ten donors. In addition to the funds for the Agency’s General Fund, Denmark announced on 16 June a contribution of approximately US$ 1 million (DKK 6 million) to UNRWA through the Emergency Appeal for Syria, launched on 7 June. These funds will be used by UNRWA for emergency initiatives towards the hundreds of thousands of Palestine refugees affected by the conflict in Syria.
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Background information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some five million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 65 million. 

For more information, please contact :

Christopher Gunness
UNRWA Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0724

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