In an effort to shore up the much-needed support to sustain the vital humanitarian services of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which is reeling under a crippling shortage in funding, Jordan and Sweden on Tuesday hosted an extraordinary virtual pledging conference.
The meeting, held against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, brought together 75 governments and non-governmental organisations and secured around $130 million in financial commitments.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ remarks during the meeting ring true for the region: "The agency is not only a lifeline for millions of Palestine refugees, but also critical for regional stability."
Supporting UNRWA and guaranteeing its welfare to persist in serving millions of vulnerable refugees has always been at the forefront of Jordan’s diplomatic efforts.
“This is a time for action. Supporting UNRWA is a necessary action. The agency has done all it could to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in its operations. We must stand by it,” Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said.