In response to the unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in the Gaza Strip, Ireland has come forward and announced a critical additional contribution of EUR 10 million in lifesaving funding. This core funding will help UNRWA sustain its response and operations in the coming months. The support from Ireland is in addition to EUR 8 million already received earlier this year.
“I express my gratitude to the Government of Ireland for its swift and decisive support to Palestine Refugees and UNRWA. This new vital contribution to UNRWA core activities stresses once more Ireland’s role to lead by example. I hope other donors will follow as generously to support the response to escalating needs in this time of unprecedented crisis for the people of Gaza,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini.
Of the EUR 8 million already given by Ireland in 2023, EUR 7 million is core funding for UNRWA’s 2023 Programme Budget, of which EUR 1 million is for use in Lebanon. The remaining EUR 1 million was allocated to UNRWA’s Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal. This will take Ireland’s support to UNRWA in 2023 to EUR 18 million.