Qatar has announced plans to donate $50 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which operates in the Palestinian territories and asylum countries.
Qatar’s representatives made the announcement at the extraordinary ministerial meeting of UNRWA in Rome on Thursday in the presence of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini.
Secretary General of the Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs HE Dr Ahmed bin Hassan al Hammadi headed Qatar delegation to the meeting.
The meeting discussed the several-year long crisis of UNRWA, and ways to deal with this crisis for a better future for millions of Palestinian refugees in the Palestinian territories and asylum countries, especially Jordan and Lebanon.
“Funding the projects of UNRWA reflects a commitment that must be fulfilled by the global community,” Hammadi said, adding that it is necessary to provide adequate guarantees for the continued funding of the agency and not to expose it to any financial shortfalls that come in the way of its responsibilities and obligations.
He said the agency represents one of the international law mechanisms adopted by the UN to protect Palestinian refugees and to safeguard their rights and provide them with a decent living.
He stressed the need to provide adequate guarantees for the funding of UNRWA and to ensure that it will not be subjected to any financial deficiency.
He said Qatar continues to carry out its duties and responsibilities towards funding UNRWA, and has continued to finance projects implemented by the agency, especially in the education and health sectors. Hammadi highlighted Qatar’s support to the Palestinian refugees’ host countries, which are exerting continuous efforts to ensure their right to a decent life.
He urged the international community to contribute to support the host countries, which are under pressure to provide the necessary services for Palestinian refugees.
Hammadi thanked the Italian government and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for holding this event.
Established in 1949, UNRWA provides services to almost 6 million Palestinian refugees in the occupied Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.