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Question for Department for International Development

UIN 129371, tabled on 22 February 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government plans to increase its contribution to UNWRA funding as a result of the decision by the US Administration to reduce its contribution to that body; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

27 February 2018

UK officials are working closely with the UN Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA), the United States and other donors on how best to ensure continuity of essential services to Palestinian refugees at this time, in line with humanitarian principles. The UK remains firmly committed to supporting UNRWA, and has so far provided around £50 million in 2017/18 based on the Agency meeting rigorous performance indicators. The UK is closely monitoring UNRWA’s ability to deliver services in all fields of operation and is supporting UNRWA’s fundraising efforts. I recently met with the Commissioner General of UNRWA to understand how donors can help. I discussed the importance of UNRWA’s services to the region with a senior US official last week.

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