Sat 03 Jun 2023 8:49 am - Jerusalem Time
Mansour: Relying on UNRWA's voluntary contributions is not sustainable
The Permanent Representative of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, Minister Riyad Mansour, said that the sole reliance on voluntary contributions for UNRWA's basic services is not sustainable, calling for the allocation of a larger contribution from the United Nations budget as a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly.
In his speech during the donors' conference held by the General Assembly Committee ad hoc to announce voluntary contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East "UNRWA" in New York, Mansour stressed the importance of moving quickly to reverse the deterioration in funding that threatens to undermine or stop UNRWA's assistance to the Palestinian refugees. Which will have far-reaching consequences for them and for the region and beyond.
Mansour expressed his deep appreciation for the Palestinian UNRWA employees, who have served their community for a long time in UNRWA schools, training centers, hospitals, clinics and other programs, and the international staff, praising their tireless efforts to serve Palestine refugees in all fields, despite the many challenges, obstacles and crises.
He stressed that the absence of justice has kept this issue on the agenda of the United Nations for decades, stressing that the time has passed for the international community to act seriously and concretely in implementing the relevant resolutions, including Resolution 194, to achieve a just and peaceful solution to the question of Palestine, first and foremost Realizing the rights of the Palestinian people, including return, self-determination and independence.
Mansour expressed deep gratitude to all countries that renewed their solidarity with Palestine refugees and respect for their rights, including the right of return, pointing out that the continuous injustice over the 75 years since the beginning of the Nakba in 1948 is the reason for UNRWA's continued existence.
He stressed the importance of continued funding for UNRWA to continue to provide crucial humanitarian and development assistance to Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
He noted that the agency not only provides education to millions of children, health care, relief and social services for the most vulnerable groups, but also provided, over the past decades, job opportunities, decent livelihoods, and hope, stressing that UNRWA remains one of the most important humanitarian, developmental and human security pledges that society provides. International and one of the most prominent expressions of shared responsibility and humanity.
The delegates of 53 countries spoke during the conference, and the vast majority of the speakers expressed their solidarity with the Palestine refugees, and their concern about their plight and continuing hardships.
The speakers called for meeting the needs of the refugees and securing their rights, and for respecting their right to return in accordance with General Assembly Resolution 194. They also renewed their support for the mandate of UNRWA and its services provided to about 6 million refugees registered with the Agency in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, expressing their concern Regarding the financial shortage that UNRWA suffers from.
In the same context, the Permanent Representative of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini, and the office of the Palestine Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People met to discuss many issues of common concern and the financial crisis facing UNRWA, and cooperation and coordination with the Palestinian leadership to face challenges. Many in front of the agency.