Japan Contributes over US$ 22.4 Million to Palestine Refugees

Japan Contributes over US$ 22.4 Million to Palestine Refugees

The Representative of Japan to Palestine (left), and Acting UNRWA Commissioner-General (right), signed a contribution agreement in the amount of US$22.4 million. © 2020 UNRWA Photo by Marwan Baghdadi.

The Government of Japan signed a contribution agreement for the amount of US$ 22.4 million with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

According to a statement by UNRWA, the event took place earlier this week in East Jerusalem in the presence of Masayuki Magoshi, Representative of Japan to Palestine, and Christian Saunders, Acting UNRWA Commissioner-General.

This important contribution will provide vital funding for UNRWA service delivery to Palestine refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Of the total donation, more than US$ 4.2 million will support UNRWA in Syria for 2020, and US$ 7.6 million are allocated to the Agency’s Emergency Response for Humanitarian Assistance in 2020 in Gaza.

Furthermore, US$ 2.8 million will be allocated to support Palestine refugee families by creating more than 2,000 temporary job opportunities in Gaza as part of the Emergency Appeal for the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Additional funds are allocated towards the delivery of health services in Syria and Lebanon and basic education services in Lebanon and Jordan, including technical and educational vocational training (TVET).

“I am glad that this contribution supports UNRWA’s important activities in all five areas of its operations. This contribution demonstrates Japan’s strong commitment to support UNRWA and its essential operations to assist Palestine refugees,” Masayuki Magoshi, Representative of Japan to Palestine, said.

Acting Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Christian Saunders, said: “The Government of Japan’s support to UNRWA is extremely timely and generous. It’s this kind of support that is particularly useful to the Agency as it allows UNRWA to advance in several very critical areas including health, education, our emergency humanitarian response program and sustainable development.”

The Government of Japan is a long-standing partner to UNRWA, with a partnership dating back to 1953. In 2019, the Government of Japan was the 8th largest contributor to UNRWA, playing a critical role for the Agency’s financial stability. Thanks to donors like Japan, UNRWA continues to provide quality education, basic health care, protection and social services to Palestine refugees in its five fields of operation toward a human development goal of zero poverty by 2030, in line with the United Nations Decade of Action.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5.6 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.

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