The Ad Hoc Committee to Announce Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA will meet on 2 June 2023 at 10am in Conference Room 4. The Secretary-General will be present and will make a statement to Member States on the vital role UNRWA continues to play in the delivery of humanitarian assistance and stability in the region.

The Secretary-General urges all Member States to announce new or increased contributions, particularly to UNRWA’s program budget.

As a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949, UNRWA has a mandate to provide assistance and protection to more than 5.7 million registered Palestinian refugees. Its mission is to help Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full human development potential until a just and lasting solution to their plight is found. UNRWA services include education, healthcare, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, shelter and microfinance.

UNRWA expects UN Member States to:

  • Reaffirm your political commitment and solidarity with the Palestine refugees;
  • Mobilizing international support and advocacy for the Agency’s work and its relentless commitment to United Nations values, including achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and realizing the 2030 Agenda;
  • Resolving the Agency’s funding situation, which is currently unpredictable and unsustainable, to avoid recurring funding crises.