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EU Support to UNRWA
Since 1971, the European Union and UNRWA have worked hand in hand to support the human development of Palestine refugees, which in turn has contributed to safeguarding stability in the Middle East and the hope for peace.
UNRWA is funded almost entirely (97 per cent) by voluntary contributions from UN Member States and the European Commission.
Since 1971, the European Union and UNRWA have maintained a strategic partnership governed by the shared objective to support the human development, humanitarian and protection needs of Palestine refugees and promote stability in the Middle East. At a time when the Middle East faces rising radicalization and a multiplicity of refugee flows in the region and beyond, the role of UNRWA is both unique and hugely important.
In the course of four decades, this partnership has evolved with the EU and its Member States becoming not only the largest multilateral provider of international assistance to Palestine refugees, but a key strategic partner committed to supporting UNRWA in the absence of a just and durable solution to the plight of Palestine refugees. Through multiannual Joint Declarations, the EU has provided reliable and predictable support to the UNRWA Programme Budget, which covers the Agency’s crucial services in the field of education, health and relief and social services. In addition, the EU and its Member States collectively are also among the largest contributors to the Agency’s humanitarian emergency appeals – including in Syria, Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian territory – and projects in response to various crises and specific needs across the region, such as the construction of new shelters for poor refugees, the Agency’s renowned Education in Emergencies programme, and the rehabilitation of UNRWA schools and clinics where there has been an absolute need to do so to improve UNRWA services
UNRWA achievements with EU support