India gave the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East USD 2.5 million. In a signing ceremony at UNRWA headquarters in East Jerusalem, Sunil Kumar, director of the West Asia and North Africa Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, handed Karim Amer, director of partnerships for the Department of External Relations, a check for USD 2.5 million.
- Karim Amer expressed his appreciation for India’s ongoing efforts on behalf of the Palestinian refugees.
- Harish Kumar, the Ministry of External Affairs’ Under-Secretary for West Asia and North Africa, was also present at the ceremony.
- India has been a committed supporter of UNRWA since 2018, contributing USD 20 million to help fund the organization’s essential programmes for Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East.
- The UNRWA, which was founded in 1949 as a humanitarian organisation, is entirely supported by donations and grants from donor nations.
- About 5.6 million Palestinian refugees who were registered in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan were to receive support and safety from the agency.
- Education, health care, assistance, infrastructure, camp rehabilitation, protection, and microfinance are among the services provided by UNRWA to Palestinian refugees.
- The UNRWA stated in January that it will require 1.6 billion US dollars from the international community in 2022 to cover costs, deliver services, and carry out projects for the humanitarian development of Palestinian refugees.
Important Takeaways For All Competitive Exams:
- Ministry of External Affairs’ Under-Secretary for West Asia and North Africa: Harish Kumar
- Director of the West Asia and North Africa Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs: Sunil Kumar
- Director of partnerships for the Department of External Relations: Karim Amer