Sweden Ups Annual Contribution to UNRWA by $2M

JERUSALEM, March 9, 2015 (WAFA) – Sweden announced it will increase its annual contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to $36 million, an increase by an additional SEK 18 million ($2 million).

According to a press release by UNRWA, the additional increase does not include Sweden’s contribution to the UNRWA emergency appeal, which amounts to SEK 40 million ($4.8 million) this year.

The funds will be used by the UN Agency for its human development work in health, education, relief and social services in Jordan, Lebanon, the occupied Palestinian territory and Syria.

Announcing the increased contribution to journalists in Shu’fat refugee camp in Jerusalem, Sweden’s Consul General, Ann-Sofie Nilsson said, “Only 20 minutes away from the Old City, thousands of people are living under very difficult circumstances.’

She added, ‘Improved basic services such as healthcare and education are essential to create a better, brighter future for the Palestinian refugees. Therefore, Sweden has increased its funding to UNRWA this year to US$ 36 million. This reflects Sweden’s continued commitment to the Palestinian people,”

Director of UNRWA operations in the West Bank, Felipe Sanchez, thanked the government and people of Sweden. “In the West Bank we continue to work towards the human development for Palestine refugees. This is particularly the case given the turbulence and extremism that is spreading throughout the Middle East region.

On the occasion of the release of the annual contribution of 2015, Nilsson visited Shu’fat refugee camp in East Jerusalem to meet with beneficiaries in the camp.