Qatar af­firms con­tin­ued sup­port to Pales­tini­ans

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Qatar af­firmed its con­tin­ued sup­port to the broth­erly Pales­tinian peo­ple un­til they en­joy their in­alien­able rights, as well as its sup­port for the United Na­tions Re­lief and Works Agency for Pales­tine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), to ful­fil its im­por­tant man­date. Ad­dress­ing the Fourth Com­mit­tee of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly on item 54: UNRWA, Deputy Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Qatar Jas­sim Sa­yar al-Maawda said UNRWA is one of the old­est, largest and most im­por­tant United Na­tions’ agen­cies, which re­flects the ba­sic need of mil­lions of reg­is­tered Pales­tine refugees.

The State of Qatar af­firmed its con­tin­ued sup­port to the broth­erly Pales­tinian peo­ple un­til they en­joy their in­alien­able rights, as well as its sup­port for the United Na­tions Re­lief and Works Agency for Pales­tine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), to ful­fil its im­por­tant man­date, QNA re­ported from New York. Ad­dress­ing the Fourth Com­mit­tee of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly on item 54: UNRWA, Deputy Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the State of Qatar Jas­sim Sa­yar al-Maawda said UNRWA is one of the old­est, largest and most im­por­tant United Na­tions’ agen­cies, which re­flects the ba­sic need of mil­lions of reg­is­tered Pales­tine refugees. UNRWA’s vi­tal role pro­vides them with the nec­es­sary pro­tec­tion and sup­port in the face of the chal­lenges they face. These chal­lenges will con­tinue as long as the plight of the Pales­tinian refugees ex­ists and un­til reach­ing a just, last­ing and com­pre­hen­sive set­tle­ment of the Pales­tinian ques­tion, in­clud­ing the right of re­turn for refugees in ac­cor­dance with rel­e­vant UN res­o­lu­tions, in par­tic­u­lar the Gen­eral Assem­bly res­o­lu­tion No 194 of 1948. Al-Maawda added that the num­ber of Pales­tini­ans de­pen­dent on the ser­vices pro­vided by UNRWA in ac­cor­dance with its man­date un­der the rel­e­vant Gen­eral Assem­bly res­o­lu­tions ex­ceeded 5mn reg­is­tered refugees in the Oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian ter­ri­tory, Jor­dan, Le­banon and Syria. These ser­vices meet the min­i­mum needs nec­es­sary to en­able refugees to over­come the dif­fi­cul­ties they face, to en­joy ba­sic hu­man rights, hu­man de­vel­op­ment and an ad­e­quate stan­dard of liv­ing, through the agency’s com­pre­hen­sive ac­tiv­i­ties in the ar­eas of ba­sic health­care, ba­sic and se­condary ed­u­ca­tion, food, shel­ter, re­lief and so­cial ser­vices. He noted that it was clear from UNRWA’s an­nual re­port that it was car­ry­ing out its im­por­tant man­date in the face of ob­sta­cles and dif­fi­cul­ties, in par­tic­u­lar the dif­fi­cul­ties re­sult­ing from the chronic fund­ing gap af­fect­ing the agency’s pro­gramme bud­get, the agency’s op­er­a­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and the ef­fec­tive­ness of its core ser­vices in all vi­tal ar­eas. There­fore, en­sur­ing sus­tain­able fund­ing for the agency is crit­i­cal, while at the same time it is nec­es­sary to raise ef­fi­ciency and to im­prove the use of avail­able re­sources. As part of the State of Qatar’s re­spon­si­bil­ity and par­tic­i­pa­tion in bear­ing the fi­nan­cial bur­den of the United Na­tions and its agen­cies, it has raised the level of its con­tri­bu­tion to UNRWA’s pro­gramme bud­get to sup­port its ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grammes, par­tic­u­larly in the field of ed­u­ca­tion and the con­struc­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of schools, al-Maawda said, not­ing that the State of Qatar an­nounced at the Ex­tra­or­di­nary Rome Con­fer­ence a $50mn do­na­tion for UNRWA.

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