UN agency’s 10 commitments to support young Palestinian refugees

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The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has made 10 commitments through which it will strengthen support to and better engage young refugees.

This came at the end of a two-day UNRWA conference held in Brussels that included several world leaders who called on the international community to support the Agency in its efforts to assist and protect nearly five million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the occupied Palestinian territory.

Julie Walker reports.

The commitments include enhanced vocational training and micro-finance opportunities, fundraising for scholarships, expanding a successful skills programme for young refugees and advocacy on issues of special concern to youth.

There is also a commitment to greater consultation between UNRWA and Palestinian refugee youth in the region on the planning and implementation of activities that affect them.

Over 400 participants took part in the UNRWA conference on "Engaging Youth: Palestine Refugees in a Changing Middle East."

In his message to the conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said "Palestinian refugee youth face bleaker realities of their own: occupation, exclusion, conflict and poverty. Despite this hardship, they are full of promise and ambition."

Julie Walker, United Nations.

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