Taking receipt of the cheque, Peter Ford, Representative of the Commissioner-General, thanked the Kingdom, noting that Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest funders of Agency construction projects – housing, schools etc, and also relief projects. At the same time he underlined the serious situation the Agency continues to face with funding for its regular programmes. He said: “The Agency is forecasting a year end deficit of $46 million. Unless it receives substantial additional funds the Agency may be forced to suspend operations in some of its facilities, which means closing schools, health centres and feeding centres.
“The outlook for 2011 is even worse, owing to the rising number of refugees needing assistance, especially in Gaza and the West Bank, and rising prices.”
Peter Ford stated that UNRWA was glad to be able to count on Saudi support in the context of the Kingdom’s chairmanship of UNRWA’s Advisory Commission of donors and countries hosting Palestinian refugees. “The end of year meeting of the Advisory Commission will be on 30 November at the Dead Sea. This will be an extremely important meeting at a difficult time for the Agency,” he said.
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