Finland announced on Tuesday the allocation of an additional 1.5 million euros
to the General Fund of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for
The announcement was made by Finland’s foreign
minister, Erkki Tuomioja, during a visit to the Gaza Strip.
will support UNRWA’s regular program to Palestinian refugees living in the
Palestinian territories, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, according to a statement
issued by UNRWA.
Accepting the donation, UNRWA commissioner-general
Filippo Grandi said that the “humanitarian gesture comes at critical time and
will ensure the continued delivery of regular services to refugees despite the
difficult circumstances.” Earlier this year, Finland donated three million euros
to UNRWA’S General Fund.
Tuomioja said that his country recognizes the
importance of UNRWA’s work with Palestinian refugees, particularly in the Gaza
“More than ever, UNRWA requires adequate funds to fulfill its core
mandate,” he said. “At the same time we welcome further efforts by the Agency to
reform and to ensure the long-term sustainability of its essential services.”