Belgium Supports Palestine Refugees with Early Disbursement of 2022 Annual Funding Contribution

Belgium Supports Palestine Refugees with Early Disbursement of 2022 Annual Funding Contribution

In this photo taken on February 2, 2020, a child stands next to a sack of flour as people come to receive food aid from UNRWA in the Gaza Strip. (AFP)

The Kingdom of Belgium has advanced its annual contribution of EUR 7 million towards the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) 2022 programme budget to support the Agency’s services to Palestine refugees to the early part of 2022.

This crucial and flexible funding is part of a current multi-year agreement between the Kingdom of Belgium and UNRWA totaling EUR 21 million between 2021-2023.

This contribution enables UNRWA to continue delivering essential services to one of the most vulnerable populations in the Middle East during the early part of the year. These services encompass education for over half a million Palestine refugee school students, primary health care services to close to two million refugee patients, amidst a global pandemic and a social safety net for some 400,000 poor refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Consul General, Wilfried Pfeffer said: “Belgium is committed to sustainable and predictable support to UNRWA through our multiannual contributions and projects. Our support to UNRWA aims at ensuring the continuation of vital health, education and social services for Palestinian refugees in the region.”

Director of UNRWA Partnerships Karim Amer said: “The longstanding reliable support of Belgium and the recognition of the need for early disbursement demonstrates why the Kingdom of Belgium is such an important donor and a key supporter of Palestine refugees. More specifically, the diversity and flexibility of funding demonstrates an understanding of the complexities of the region and the need for a variety of services that support Palestine refugees of all ages.”

In 2021 Belgium (including Government of Flanders) was the 17th largest donor to the Agency, with a total contribution of EUR 11,659,666 million.

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