India has contributed US$ 2 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), in support of the Agency’s programmes and services, including education, health care, relief, and social services for Palestine refugees.
The contribution was presented to UNRWA by Representative of India to State of Palestine Sunil Kumar.
With this contribution, India provided a total of US$ 5 million to the Agency in 2020.
Reiterating the Government of India's continued support for UNRWA services, Indian Representative of Sunil Kumar said that India shall continue supporting the Agency’s activities in providing vital services and necessary humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees.
Thanking India for the contribution, Tamara Alrifai, Acting Director of Department of External Relations of UNRWA, said: “This generous contribution in support of Palestine refugees at this critical moment is very much appreciated.
On behalf of UNRWA, I would like to thank the Government of India for its continued funding to the Agency and its backing of Palestine refugees across the Middle East.”
During the Extraordinary Virtual Ministerial Pledging Conference for UNRWA held on 23 June 2020, Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. V. Muraleedharan had announced that India will contribute US$ 10 million to UNRWA over the next two years in 2021 and 2022.
It is worth noting that India has increased its annual financial contribution to UNRWA from US$ 1.25 million in 2017 to US$ 5 million in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
UNRWA is the main provider of essential humanitarian assistance and critical services, such as health and education, to this vulnerable community in a volatile region.
Its frontline staff have worked tirelessly to provide lifelines, including health and psychosocial care, cash assistance, food baskets, hotlines for violence survivors, and remote education to over half a million children, in full conformance with COVID-19 guidelines.