Sun. Mar 24th, 2019

The Commissioner for Refugees of Palestine starts tomorrow a visit to Spain

The Commissioner for Refugees of Palestine starts tomorrow a visit to Spain



The General Commissioner of the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, begins tomorrow an official visit of two days to Spain to meet with representatives of the Government, the City Council of Madrid and the Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECID).

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As reported by the UN Agency, the visit is motivated by the extraordinary support shown by the Government of Spain during one of the worst financial crises that the Agency has gone through, following the decision of the United States, the largest UNRWA donor, in 2018, to withdraw all funding to the Agency.

This decision plunged UNRWA into a large budget deficit that endangered the essential services it provides to more than 5.4 million Palestine refugees and refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, explains United Nations .

The Spanish Government announced, last September, that it would double its contribution to UNRWA to help the Agency to deal with this situation, and in November, Foreign Affairs also agreed an extraordinary contribution of 10 million euros from a surplus of funds assigned to peacekeeping operations.

Pierre Krähenbühl will hold a meeting on Monday with the foreign ministers, Josep Borrell, and Education, Isabel Celaá.

Meetings with representatives of the Madrid City Council and the AECID are also planned for this official visit.

Krähenbühl will be accompanied by two students from the UNRWA schools in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and members of the Agency's Student Parliament, to offer their personal testimony on the importance of the education that UNRWA provides them and the continued support of donors.

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