Qatar joins UNRWA virtual pledging conference

Qatar joins UNRWA virtual pledging conference

By QLNews

Qatar has highlighted its firm support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

While participating in the extraordinary virtual conference to announce the pledges of the UNRWA yesterday, the country reaffirmed its support to the UN agency stating that it has remained at the forefront of the countries helping it proceed with its mandate.

His Excellency the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi represented Qatar in the virtual conference.

Addressing the conference attendees, HE the Minister shined a spotlight on Qatar’s continued assistance to UNRWA.

Since 2015, Qatar, through the Qatar Fund for Development, has provided $100 million to UNRWA.

This year, the country’s support amounts to a total of $11.2 million, HE Al Muraikhi mentioned. The support comes under a Qatar-UNRWA agreement inked in December 2019 on the sidelines of the Doha Forum.

This is in addition to $1.5 million that Qatar’s Education Above All Foundation offered to the Palestinian government to support the education of children in Palestine.

The Minister further underlined that Qatar is the first in the Arab world in providing support to UNRWA’s core resources for 2019-2020.

The conference is held to address the financial crisis facing UNRWA, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has increased the pressure on the agency’s works, HE Al Muraikhi said.

Moreover, he once again affirmed Qatar’s support for the efforts of the new Commissioner-General of UNRWA and thanked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his efforts to mobilize support for the agency.

HE the Minister also thanked Jordan and Sweden for organizing the conference. 

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