Canada Pledges $38 Million to UNRWA

Published October 23rd, 2018 - 02:38 GMT
UNRWA in Palestine to receive $38 million from Canada. (AFP/File)
UNRWA in Palestine to receive $38 million from Canada. (AFP/File)

The Canadian Embassy in Lebanon pledged CA$50 million ($38 million) to Palestinian refugees at a meeting between Canadian Ambassador to Lebanon Emmanuelle Lamoureux and director to UNRWA affairs Claudio Cordone.

A statement from the Canadian Embassy quoted Lamoureux as saying: “This new multi-year funding from Canada is urgently needed and it will bring some predictability to UNRWA as the needs on the ground are increasing."

”Of the CA$50 million, CA$10 million will provide emergency life-saving assistance to more than 46,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria and Lebanon. For his part, Claudio Cordone said: “Canada’s announcement of funding support over two years signals a clear recognition of the essential nature of our work.” This announcement comes at a difficult time for UNRWA, which saw dramatic funding cuts on Aug. 31 when the U.S. suspended roughly $300 million in planned assistance to the agency. In recent years, the U.S. has supplied nearly 30 percent of UNRWA’s budget.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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