EU boosts UNRWA core budget

The European Union has contributed an additional €55.4 million ($72 million) to the regular budget of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

The donation was unveiled during EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s recent visit to the UNRWA compound in Gaza. It is the largest single donation made to the UNRWA’s budget, which funds the agency’s efforts to support education, health, relief and camp improvement services in Palestinian refugee camps in Gaza, West Bank, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.

The European Union is the largest multilateral provider of aid to Palestinian refugees through the UNRWA. It has provided some €1.2 billion to the agency in the past 10 years.

Meanwhile, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs launched on Jan. 25 a $416 million humanitarian appeal for the Palestinian territories. Funding will be used to finance 149 emergency humanitarian projects.

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