Doha, 6 December 2023(TDI): Qatar allocated QR 65.7 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for the years 2023 and 2024.
Additionally, UNRWA operates in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. However, this significant contribution demonstrates Qatar’s commitment to easing the region’s humanitarian catastrophe.
Qatar’s Continued Funding to UNRWA
The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and UNRWA reached a multiyear commitment deal of US$ 18 million for 2023–2024 in support of Palestinian refugees, particularly those in Gaza.
QFFD aims to provide financial support for timely humanitarian and development assistance, ensuring uninterrupted operations, particularly emergency response efforts for Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip, through this arrangement.
QFFD Director General Khalifa Al-Kuwari indicated in a statement that “in the face of Gaza’s catastrophic humanitarian situation, which has resulted in unparalleled levels of loss of life, human suffering, displacement, and damage, QFFD will continue to exercise teamwork and adaptability to support our Palestinian brothers.”
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Qatar Fund for Development
According to sources, QFFD provided US$ 18 million to UNRWA for multiyear funding in 2021–2022, as well as US$ 7 million to the agency’s 2022 Emergency Appeal for Syria.
As per the reports, the State of Qatar increased its contributions to UNRWA in previous years to support its basic supplies, in line with Qatar’s firm policy of unity with the brotherly Palestinian people and providing all forms of assistance to them.
The Ministry noted, highlighting that Qatar was the first Arab country to execute a multi-year agreement with UNRWA in 2018 to support its main resources.
Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) donated QR 65.7 million to support the agency’s resources for a period of two years, as well as QR 36.5 million in 2021 and QR 29.2 million in 2022.
The Ministry continued on to indicate that QFFD gave QR 25.55 million to the UNRWA emergency program in Syria, which included financial support as well as health, education, and vocational training.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs concluded by stating that the State of Qatar supports UNRWA because it believes it is one of the most significant United Nations agencies and that millions of Palestinians rely on it for their everyday needs.