UN / UNRWA LAZZARINI PRESSER

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UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini told reporters, “finding solution to UNRWA chronic financial problem requires political will to match the support for the mandate with sufficient resources," adding that the problem lays at a discrepancy between what UNRWA is expected to deliver and the resource being made available. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 26 JUNE 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

24 JUNE 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East:
“I believe that finding solution to UNRWA chronic financial problem requires political will to match the support for the mandate with sufficient resources. Our problem in fact is that there is a discrepancy between what we are expected to deliver, government like services and the resource being made available.”
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5.SOUNDBITE (English) Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East:
“I am echoing this call and warn against the weakening of UNRWA. I believe this is a message for the Member States, also, it is not the time to turn our back to some of the most successful human development story in the Middle East. This can only fuel further despair and the feeling of abandonment of one of the most destitute community in the region, at a time where there is a lack of political horizon, an unprecedented economic crisis and multiple conflicts. On the contrary, in this kind of contrast, this should be the time where we show our solidarity and remain committed to the education, primary health care and job opportunities for the Palestinian refugees. And we have to show that remain committed until there is a just and lasting solution to the plight.”
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7.SOUNDBITE (English) Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East:
“Unfortunately, when we had a very strong, unanimous political support, we still have a long way to go when it comes to the financial gap, the funding gap remain for the time being substantive. Basically, between the funding already received in 2022 and the funding expected including what has been pledged yesterday, we still have a dramatic shortfall of over 100 million dollars.”
8.Wide shot, press briefing room
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East:
“If we fail to close the funding gap in the next couple of months, the delivery of education to more than half a million girls and boys or the access to primary health care for close to 2 million people all the emergency food and cash assistance to the poorest person refugees might be seriously at risk. I have repeatedly said, and I highlighted also yesterday that we have entered a dangerous zone.”
10. Wide shot, press briefing room

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Commissioner-General of UNRWA Philippe Lazzarini told reporters, “finding solution to UNRWA chronic financial problem requires political will to match the support for the mandate with sufficient resources," adding that the problem lays at a discrepancy between what UNRWA is expected to deliver and the resource being made available.

Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today (24 Jun) spoke to reporters in New York.

Echoing the Secretary-General’s call to bridge the gap between the Agency’s mandate and its budget for vital services, Lazzarini said that “it is not the time to turn our back to some of the most successful human development story in the Middle East.”

He added, “this can only fuel further despair and the feeling of abandonment of one of the most destitute community in the region, at a time where there is a lack of political horizon, an unprecedented economic crisis and multiple conflicts.”

Speaking about the financial gap, the Commissioner-General said, “basically, between the funding already received in 2022 and the funding expected including what has been pledged yesterday, we still have a dramatic shortfall of over 100 million dollars.”

Lazzarini said, “if we fail to close the funding gap in the next couple of months, the delivery of education to more than half a million girls and boys or the access to primary health care for close to 2 million people all the emergency food and cash assistance to the poorest person refugees might be seriously at risk.”

He reiterated, “we have entered a dangerous zone.”

On Thursday (23 Jun), the international community demonstrated its firm commitment to Palestine refugees and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) by providing additional political and financial backing at a Pledging Conference held at the United Nations General Assembly in the presence of the Secretary-General.

Member states collectively confirmed US$ 160 million in pledges to support the health, education, social protection and other essential services that UNRWA delivers in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. The funds also cover some emergency response programmes, namely food and cash assistance in the occupied Palestinian territory and Syria.
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