Q- How does Paris envision helping UNRWA emerge from the current crisis?
A- For 70 years, UNRWA – whose services benefit more than five million people – has been helping provide a minimum standard of living and dignity to Palestinian refugees in the Middle East. It helps provide support for host countries and for regional stability. Its education efforts, in particular, offer a bulwark against despair and radicalization.
As noted by the President and the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, France is engaged in efforts to create a collective response to help UNRWA emerge from the crisis it is in and to improve its effectiveness. This year, France boosted its contribution and is studying new possibilities for financial support – particularly for UNRWA’s work on behalf of education – in conjunction with its European and regional partners.