Austria Contributes 2 Million Euros to Support Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Austrian Development Cooperation signed an agreement of 2 million euros with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) on 9 December 2019 to support the Agency’s 2019 Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal.

This contribution from Austria will support UNRWA cash assistance programmes to the most vulnerable Palestinian refugees in Syria and helps to ensure that over 20,000 Palestine refugees meet their basic needs.

“We are grateful for our long-standing partnership with UNRWA as it gives us the certainty that humanitarian assistance is provided to Palestinian refugees who are in critical need of emergency support. Austria stands ready to help. Our assistance will help our partner UNRWA to meet the most pressing needs of Palestinian refugees in Syria during the current regional crisis. In particular, we welcome UNRWA‘s emergency programme, which provides a protective environment for Palestinian refugees by maintaining access to basic services including education, health, water, sanitation and hygiene as well as livelihoods,” said Astrid Wein, the Austrian Representative in Ramallah.

“On behalf of UNRWA, I thank the Austrian government for its generous support to UNRWA emergency operations in Syria, which will help tens of thousands of Palestine refugees affected the conflict in Syria. I also commend Austria for responding to the Agency’s call for increased support for core health, education, relief and social services. We are most grateful for the remarkable increase of Austria’s total contribution towards UNRWA in 2019, which has reached 4.35 million euros this year,” said Mr. Marc Lassouaoui, UNRWA Chief of Donor Relations.

Austria is a long-standing supporter of UNRWA and has provided a total of 25 million euros in aid over the past 10 years.