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UNRWA launches a $ 1.4 billion appeal for the 2020 budget

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Christian Sanders, the UNRWA’s acting head of relief and employment agency, UNRWA, on Friday launched an appeal for $ 1.4 billion to fund the services of the UN agency for 2020.

“We now need our donors and partners to provide the necessary funding in order to allow us to provide support to the Palestinian refugees, and with those critical services, which are a basic human right,” Sanders said, in a statement to the UN agency.

He continued: “On the other hand, we are committed to upholding the values ​​and principles stipulated in the Charter of the United Nations and to ensuring that every penny (amount) we get from public funds is used prudently, appropriately and effectively.”

According to UNRWA, “The amount of $ 1.4 billion required, the agency will employ $ 806 million for essential essential services that include education, health, infrastructure, camp improvement, relief, social services, protection, and contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda.”

She stated that “UNRWA will be able to provide education to more than half a million girls and boys in about 700 schools spread across the region, as well as cover 8.5 million sick visits in its health facilities.”

She added that “an additional $ 155 million is needed in order to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to the West Bank, which includes East Jerusalem, and to the Gaza Strip, along with $ 270 million to support the emergency appeal for the regional crisis in Syria.”

The agency estimated that “$ 170 million is needed for priority projects, specifically resettlement and reconstruction initiatives in response to conflicts in Syria and Gaza, in addition to initiatives designed to complete and strengthen the process of service program reform.”

In 2020, Palestine refugees in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, will continue to face a host of enormous human development and protection challenges.

Among those challenges are the occupation in the West Bank including East Jerusalem, the blockade of Gaza and the ongoing conflict in Syria, the ongoing crisis in Lebanon, and the increasing needs in Jordan, all of which continue to affect the lives of Palestine refugees.

UNRWA was established by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in 1949, to provide assistance and protection to Palestinian refugees in its five areas of operation: Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and currently provides services to a total of 5.4 million refugees.

The United States and Israel do not hide their desire to cancel the UN agency, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in 2017, called for its dismantling.

On August 31, 2018, Washington suspended all its support for the agency, amounting to about $ 360 million, which caused a major crisis for the agency, claiming that it opposes the way the agency works, which is criticized by Israel.

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