Kuwait Donates $15 Million for UNRWA’s Human Development Work with Palestine Refugees

JERUSALEM, June 13, 2015 (WAFA) – Kuwait has donated $15 million for UNRWA’s human development work with Palestine refugees, Saturday announced the UNRWA in a press release.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said that Kuwait has donated $15 million for its work with Palestine refugees across the Middle East. The donation was announced at a ceremony in Geneva on 11 June, with the funds being passed to UNRWA by Mansour Al-Otaibi, the Permanent Representative of the State of Kuwait to the UN at a ceremony held in New York Saturday.

“This welcome donation comes at a crucial time for UNRWA as developments in the region dramatically increase the needs of our refugees, many of whom are caught up in the civil war in Syria and who are living under blockade and occupation in Gaza and the West Bank”, said UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl.

“There are unprecedented pressures on our resources and I thank the Emir and people of Kuwait for this timely donation,” he added.

UNRWA reported that Kuwait has recently been one of its generous and consistent donors. In 2013 Kuwait gave $29 million to the Agency, $12 million of which came through the Islamic Development Bank.  Last year Kuwait provided $14 million to UNRWA.

“It must not be forgotten that in addition to this support, Kuwait also graciously hosted the donor conference for Syria earlier this year which saw hundreds of million pledged and which are making a real difference in the lives of some of the most disadvantaged communities in the Middle East caught in a rising tide of militancy and conflict,” said Krähenbühl.