Australia to give nearly $90 million to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

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UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi (on left) and Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Bob Carr (on right)

The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) is to receive $90 million from Australia over the next five years.

An agreement was signed by Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr and the head of UNRWA, Filippo Grandi, in the Australian capital, Canberra, on Monday.

Charles Appel reports.

Australia was the tenth largest donor to UNRWA in 2011 with an annual contribution of about $15 million.

Under the new agreement, that amount will increase to approximately $20 million a year.

The head of UNRWA Filippo Grandi has said Australia's support over the next five years will help the agency educate refugee children throughout the region.

He said the funds will also help provide health and relief services to Palestinian refugees.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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