ADDITIONAL VITAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE RULER OF DUBAI COORDINATED BY THE
INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN CITY TO CONFLICT-AFFECTED PALESTINIANS IN GAZA
19 August 2014
During a ceremony organized at Marka International Airport, attended by representatives of the Royal Hashemite Courts (RHC), JHCO and H.E. Shaima Al Zarooni, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai, Ms. Margot Ellis, UNRWA Deputy-Commissioner General stated “We are extremely grateful to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and IHC for their tremendous support and generosity to the people of Gaza throughout the ongoing crisis. We also wish to thank His Majesty, the Army, the Royal Hashemite Courts, the JHCO and all the Jordanians involved who spared no effort to ensure efficient coordination and timely delivery of this much-needed life-saving assistance”.
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 5 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$ 70.5 million.
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