UNRWA Syria Crisis Response January - June 2013

Executive summary

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has provided basic services, and at times emergency assistance to Palestine refugees in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza for over 63 years. It is now actively responding to the critical needs of Palestine refugees affected by the conflict in Syria and of those who have fled Syria to Jordan and Lebanon.

This document describes UNRWA’s accomplishments under the Regional Syria Humanitarian Response Plan issued in September 2012, and outlines its strategy to build on these accomplishments and address emerging challenges. UNRWA’s September plan appealed for USD 53.8 million, of which 57 per cent was committed in pledges, and 35 per cent was received by mid December 2012.

UNRWA is ideally positioned to support the increasing needs of Palestine refugees in Syria, and to adapt services in Jordan and Lebanon to meet the broad range of needs of those who fled Syria.

In 2013, the Agency will build on its existing programmatic and emergency experience to ensure that Palestine refugees benefit from its existing human resource, infrastructure and logistics assets.

The Syria content of this plan is contained in the Syrian Arab Republic’s Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (1 January 2013-30 June 2013) and prepared in coordination with the United Nations System. The Lebanon content is reflected in the United Nations Regional Response Plan, January-June 2013.

Over the six-month period, 1 January to 30 June 2013, UNRWA plans to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to up to 360,000 people affected by conflict in Syria, up to 5,500 Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) in Jordan, and up to 20,000 PRS in Lebanon. In order to meet these needs, UNRWA needs a total of USD 91,241,416 of which USD 75,087,733 is to be programmed inside Syria, USD 13,293,528 in Lebanon and USD 2,860,155 in Jordan.