During a high-level conference in Brussels, the State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Norway will increase funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRAW).
UNRAW provides assistance and protection to registered Palestine refugees. The agency supports approximately 6 million Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza. The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs underlined UNRAW`s important work in protecting the rights and needs of Palestinians, as well as stability in the region in addition to highlighting that the agency is critically underfunded.
In addition to increasing Norway`s core contribution to UNRAW this year and next year, the government decided to increase humanitarian support for UNRAW in Lebanon by NOK17 million (US$2 million). Currently, Norway`s core contribution to UNRAW is NOK217 million (US$25 million).