India contributes USD 5 million to UN Palestine refugee agency

  1. India has contributed USD 5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees.India has also called for ensuring sustained fiscal support for the organisation’s work. 
  2. India has increased its annual financial assistance to the UNRWA by four fold from USD 1.25 million to USD 5 million when Indian Prime Minister visited Palestine in 2018.
  3. UNRWA is a relief and human development agency that was established in 8 December 1949.
  4. UNRWA has been providing health, education, relief and social services, as well as emergency humanitarian assistance across its five fields of operation in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip since 1950.
  5. The Agency currently serves 5.4 million Palestinian refugees which is 20% of the world’s refugees.
  6. Further,UNRWA is the only UN agency dedicated to helping refugees from a specific region or conflict and is separate from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR).