UN commits to boost assistance for Palestine refugees

Catherine Ashton (right), high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, talks to one of the students at the United Nations-run training college in Gaza during her visit to the country in January. Commitments to better support and engage young Palestinian refugees were made at the “Engaging Youth: Palestine Refugees in a Changing Middle East” conference in Brussels. Photo by: Shareef Sarhan / UN

The United Nations has unveiled 10 concrete plans to better support and engage young Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian territories.

The plans, dubbed “commitments,” include providing the youth enhanced vocational training and microfinance opportunities. It also seeks to raise funds for scholarships, expand a skills program that first piloted in Syria and advocate for issues concerning the youth.

In addition, Filippo Grandi, the commissioner-general of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, said the agency will increase consultations with the Palestinian refugee youth regarding activities that affect them.

The commitments were made at the “Engaging Youth: Palestine Refugees in a Changing Middle East” conference in Brussels, which wrapped up Tuesday (March 20). World leaders who attended the event called on the international community to support the agency’s efforts to assist some 5 million registered Palestinian refugees in the region.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.