New York, SANA- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) appealed today for US$ 1.6 billion for programs and operations in 2023.
In a press statement published by the United Nations website, UNRWA Commissioner-General Phillippe Lazzarini called for providing a more sustainable model of funding according to which UNRWA would have a regular, long-term and predictable source of funding, especially since UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.
He warned that without this sustainable model, UNRWA will not be able to play its role in supporting about six million Palestinian refugees.
Lazzarini explained that UNRWA continues in all its areas of operations to play an indispensable role in the lives of millions of Palestine refugees.
The UNRWA is working to maintain the provision of basic services in a very difficult financial and political context, Lazzarini said, pointing out that Palestine refugees are one of the most disadvantaged communities in the region, facing unprecedented challenges and increasingly dependent on UNRWA to obtain basic services.
Manar Salameh / Ruaa al-Jazaeri