UNRWA: Finance

Department for International Development written question – answered on 30th May 2019.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that aid programmes of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and the UN system in general have long-term sustainability.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The UK supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and the UK Government believe that the only way to achieve a lasting solution for refugees is a negotiated solution to the conflict.

In the interim, the UK is a leading donor to UNRWA and will provide up to £80m over the next two years. This will help to provide essential services, including healthcare and education, for millions of Palestinian refugees living in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank.

The Government has also acted to ensure the long-term sustainability of the UN system in general by supporting the Secretary General’s reform agenda, including the Funding Compact which is being discussed at ECOSOC in New York in late May.

The UK is committed to getting the best value for the UK taxpayers’ money in our aid programmes. We work closely with our UN partners to ensure programmes deliver the best development outcomes and value for money.

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