What is UNRWA?
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5.7 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, helping Palestine refugees to achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure improvement and microfinance.
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UNRWA Representative Office to the European Union in Brussels
Since 1971, the European Union (EU) has entered into a strategic partnership with UNRWA, governed by the mutual objective to contribute to peace and stability in the Middle East region and to support the human development, humanitarian and protection needs of Palestine refugees.
Collectively, the EU and its Member States are among the largest contributors to the Agency’s humanitarian emergency appeals and projects in response to various crises and specific needs across the region. The partnership between the European Union and UNRWA has allowed millions of Palestine refugees to be better educated, live healthier lives, access employment opportunities and improve their living conditions, thus contributing to the development of the entire region.
Since 2007, UNRWA Representative Office to the EU (ROEU) is working closely with the different EU institutions and EU member states to advocate for the support of the human development, humanitarian and protection needs of Palestine refugees