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Belgium Contributes US$ 8 million to Support Palestine Refugees

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5 September 2013 East Jerusalem

The Kingdom of Belgium has announced a new contribution of EUR 6 million (US$ 8 million) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The latest contribution has been made to the Agency’s General Fund, which supports the vital services that UNRWA provides to some 5 million Palestine refugees. The funds include EUR 2 million (US$ 2.65 million) in support of the UNRWA social safety net, which provides important food and cash assistance for nearly 300,000 particularly vulnerable Palestine refugees.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi noted that Belgium has been one of the most supportive and reliable UNRWA donors. He said: “At this critical moment, we are extremely grateful to the Government and the people of Belgium for their committed support, which is crucial to maintaining regional stability and supporting the health, education and relief services that UNRWA offers to the Palestine refugee community.”

Since 2007, Belgium has contributed over US$ 70 million to the Agency. Reflecting its standing as a major partner, Belgium has been a member of the UNRWA Advisory Commission since 1953.

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