Tuesday, January 30, Pierre krähenbühl, head of the middle East the UN Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), said that 11 countries had responded to a request for assistance after the United States dramatically reduced the size of its contribution.
In the words of Pierre krähenbühl, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Russia, Belgium, Kuwait, Netherlands, Ireland increased the size of its aid Agency.
Last year UNRWA budget was over 1 billion US dollars, of which was financed by a long-term program, including the money in the emergency Fund from which assistance to the needy in Syria. Last year, the US contribution amounted to 360 million.
This year, the US transferred UNRWA 60 million instead of the promised 125. The White house denied that the way the administration trump «punishing» the Palestinian leadership’s intransigence. To the President of the United States argued that UNRWA needs reform: it needs to review how methods work and method of financing.
On January 17 the head of the Agency announced the beginning of a global campaign to raise funds.