On the sidelines of the Doha Forum, Khalifa Bin Jassim Al-Kuwari, Managing Director of the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and Pierre KrĂ¤henbĂĽhl, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), signed a landmark two-year agreement in support of the agency’s core services, including education, health-care, relief and social services.
This agreement follows the unprecedented $50 M contribution made by the State of Qatar in 2018 in response to the most severe funding crisis ever faced by UNRWA, a press release from the organization revealed.
Qatar’s generosity, combined with the funding of UNRWA’s other partners, enabled the agency to overcome a shortfall of $446 M, this year, and protect the rights of Palestine refugees in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, said the release.
Al-Kuwari highlighted the importance of this vital partnership, stating that, “this agreement with UNRWA will ensure the continued protection and assistance of our Palestine refugee brothers and sisters.â€ť
â€śThey deserve to live decent lives and enjoy the totality of our shared human rights,” he added, according to WAFA.
“This agreement demonstrates best practices by the State of Qatar, a government dedicated to progress and human development. The State of Qatar will lend its support to any initiative that benefits Palestine refugees.”
The Commissioner-General warmly welcomed this strong expression of Qatar’s commitment to Palestine refugees. He said that, “in 2018, Qatar made a major difference in enabling UNRWA to open the schools on time for 530’000 boys and girls studying in our 711 schools. This will be fondly remembered.â€ť
â€śThe new agreement signed today with the Qatar Fund for Development is an important step in the crucial effort to stabilize UNRWA’s financial situation by ensuring increased predictability of funding. I am deeply grateful for Qatar’s trust and partnership,â€ť the Commissioner-General concluded.
(photo: Days of Palestine)