UNRWA: Finance

Department for International Development written question – answered on 18th September 2018.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government when the UK will deliver its next round of aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA); what action they are taking to ensure the continued sustainable delivery of UNRWA’s services, further to the United States State Department’s announcement on 31 August that the United States will no longer commit to further funding for UNRWA; and what representations they have made to the government of the United States about the State Department’s characterisation of UNRWA as "irredeemably flawed".

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The UK has so far provided £45.5 million to the Programme Budget of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), including two recent uplifts totalling £17 million the past four months; an increase of 60% to our planned Programme Budget contribution of £28.5 million.

We continue to work with international partners to help unlock further funding for UNRWA and are considering further financial support. When the US announced their intention to withhold a planned disbursement to UNRWA in January, we were sympathetic about the need for a broader donor base, but made clear our concerns about the impact on UNRWA’s activities that any unexpected reductions or delays in predicted donor disbursements might have, and our widely shared concerns about risks to regional stability. We continue to engage with the US on this at official and Ministerial levels.

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