United Nations (QNN)- The government of Japan on Sunday contributed approximately US$ 11.15 million for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), according to the website of UNRWA.
Japan has signed the agreements in Ramallah with the presence of Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh, Prime Minister of Palestine and Mr. Keisuke Suzuki, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan.
According to the agreements, JPY 600,000,000 (US$ 5.51 million) will immediately enable UNRWA to continue to provide food assistance to 98,000 Palestine refugees in Gaza through the Social Security Net Programme (SSNP) and, thus, help mitigate the impact of poverty and food insecurity to those most in need.
An additional JPY 614,000,000 (US$ 5.64 million) will contribute to the construction of a school in the Gaza Strip that will provide 1,000 students access to quality education. This additional contribution will also support the construction of a sewerage system in Ein el-Sultan camp in the West Bank to improve the living conditions there. Both infrastructure projects will be implemented throughout 2020 and 2021, according to UNRWA.
“I am very happy to share with you that the Government of Japan has decided to contribute over US$ 11 million to UNRWA at this critical time. We are determined more than ever to send a message to Palestine refugees through the assistance that: ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed. Japan will be there with you.’ At a time when the region is experiencing serious humanitarian crisis,” Ambassador Magoshi said.