(MENAFN- Jordan Times) AMMAN- Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde held a preparatory meeting for the international conference on UNRWA on Wednesday evening in New York.
During the meeting, Safadi stressed the importance of the international community in providing the necessary support for the Agency to continue providing important services to approximately 5.7 million Palestinian refugees in the field of health, aid and education during its UN mandate, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry. .
The Minister emphasized that “UNRWA has a crucial role that cannot be jeopardized or reduced”. He praised the important Swedish role in mobilizing international support for the agency during its partnership with the Kingdom.
He also expressed appreciation to all partners for their support of UNRWA and stressed the importance of joint action to bridge the Agency’s financial deficit.
The Deputy Prime Minister also called for agreement on long-term funding mechanisms to prevent disruption of basic services provided by UNRWA to Palestinian refugees in its five areas of activity.
A meeting chaired by Safadi and Linde, held alongside the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, delivered a final statement before holding an international conference on UNRWA during the Jordanian-Swedish Presidency in Belgium in November.
The ministerial meeting was attended by representatives of Egypt, the European Commission, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the United States and UNRWA’s Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini.
Participants emphasized UNRWA’s key role in supporting Palestinian refugees and improving stability in the region.
They also emphasized that the forthcoming UNRWA Conference will serve as an opportunity to review the Agency’s efforts and offer its plan to the Member States.
The Conference will ensure effective action to carry out its tasks and modernize its work plans in accordance with the UN mandate.
The participants emphasized the importance of reaching a sustainable solution to the financial crises facing UNRWA, which threaten the right of Palestinian refugees to a decent life.
The participants emphasized that UNRWA must be financed with a sustainable economy, mainly through long-term and multi-year basic funding from a more diversified base of donors.
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