UNRWA: We seek $1.6 billion from the international community in 2022

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said today, Tuesday, that it is seeking $1.6 billion from the international community in 2022.

In a statement, UNRWA added that this funding will enable it to cover the needs of millions of Palestine refugees and provide them with vital life-saving services and programs, which include education, health and food aid, including the request for additional emergency funding for UNRWA to meet the humanitarian needs arising from the crises in Gaza and the West Bank. (which includes East Jerusalem), Syria and Lebanon.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Philip Lazzarini said, “The international community recognizes the life-saving role of UNRWA and its indispensable contribution as a supporter of stability in the Middle East. He is also aware of the efficiency of UNRWA in terms of providing such services at an acceptable cost.

"In 2022, this recognition must be backed by an adequate level of funding to meet the critical stage for Palestine refugees," he added.

He continued, "The chronic shortfall in the Agency's budget threatens the livelihoods and welfare of Palestine refugees served by UNRWA and constitutes a serious threat to the Agency's ability to maintain services."

The Commissioner-General of UNRWA continued, “The 2022 budget proposal comes at a time when UNRWA is facing chronic funding shortfalls that undermine its efforts to provide humanitarian support and human development to some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees, whose needs are constantly increasing. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic continues It poses serious health risks and exacerbates economic hardship across the region, where an estimated 2.3 million Palestine refugees are now estimated to live in poverty.”

“UNRWA is the only lifeline left for them,” Lazzarini said. Anguish and despair have become the norm among Palestine refugees, with many in Gaza, Syria and Lebanon reporting their willingness to use any means to attempt to emigrate out of the region.”

He added, “UNRWA's long experience in working in crisis areas has given it a reputation as a leader in providing services to refugees - arguably the most efficient and cost-effective UN humanitarian agency. Since the start of the pandemic, the agency, for example, has expanded and improved access to electronic health services and telemedicine, and worked to provide health services to 1.7 million refugees in 2021.”

He continued, “UNRWA is committed to investing in comprehensive programmatic reform and modernization to meet the needs of refugees in a more cost-effective and efficient manner.. A fully funded budget for 2022 will assist the Agency in its efforts to break the cycle of despair among Palestine refugees by providing microfinance loans worth $31.2 million.” vital structural improvements to refugee camps to create safer and healthier living environments; And securing cash and food aid for millions of refugees affected by the ongoing humanitarian crises in the region.”

He continued, "The amount requested by UNRWA for 2022 will directly contribute to the well-being of Palestine refugees, efforts to combat and contain the COVID-19 pandemic and regional stability. Therefore, UNRWA must be a preferred agency for every donor, as it contributes to human development and provides humanitarian assistance. It helps stabilize the crisis-ridden region.”

The UNRWA Commissioner called on the international community to provide UNRWA with adequate and predictable funding so that we can continue to provide Palestine refugees with the sense of safety and normalcy they deserve.

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