UNRWA launches an appeal for the 2020 budget, with $ 1.4 billion

Acting Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Christian Saunders, launched an appeal for at least $ 1.4 billion to fund the agency's necessary services and assistance, which includes life-saving humanitarian aid Priority projects, for a total of 5.6 million Palestine refugees in the Middle East, for the year 2020.

The presentation of UNRWA's 2020 priorities and financial requirements follows the recent extension of the mandate of the United Nations General Assembly to UNRWA's mandate for an additional three years until June 2023.

"The tremendous support that UNRWA received from the General Assembly in December last year was an overwhelming confirmation of the agency and our mandate," Saunders said in a statement to the United Nations.

"We now need our donors and partners to align this support with the necessary funding to allow us to provide Palestine refugees with protection and those critical services which are a basic human right. In return, we are committed to upholding the values ​​and principles enshrined in the UN Charter and ensuring Every penny we get from public funds is used prudently, appropriately and effectively. "

In 2020, Palestine refugees in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, will continue to face a host of enormous human development and protection challenges. Among these challenges, the ongoing occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the blockade of Gaza, the ongoing conflict in Syria, the ongoing crisis in Lebanon and the growing needs in Jordan, all continue to dramatically affect the lives of Palestine refugees. According to the UNRWA statement.

Of the $ 1.4 billion required, the agency will employ $ 806 million for essential essential services that include education, health, infrastructure, camp improvement, relief, social services, protection, and contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda.

UNRWA will be able to provide education to more than half a million girls and boys in about 700 schools spread across the region, as will provide 8.5 million sick visits in its health facilities, as it did in 2019.

An additional $ 155 million is needed to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to the West Bank, which includes East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, along with $ 270 million to support the emergency appeal for the regional crisis in Syria (in Syria and for Palestine refugees from Syria in Lebanon and Jordan).

It is estimated that $ 170 million is needed for priority projects, specifically initiatives for housing and reconstruction in response to conflicts in Syria and Gaza, in addition to initiatives designed to complete and strengthen the process of reforming service programs.

"Until a just and lasting solution is found to the plight of Palestine refugees, we are the only agency capable of providing the necessary services that Palestine refugees deserve. I appeal to our donors and partners with great humility to strongly support the agency this year; your investment is in the right place, which is An investment in distressed people deserves your continued support, just as it is an investment in the stability of the region. "


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