Vice Minister Emanuela Del Re participated today in an Extraordinary Ministerial Pledging Conference in virtual mode of UNRWA, the United Nations agency that assists Palestinian refugees.
During her speech, the Deputy Minister announced Italy's voluntary contribution to UNRWA for 2020, intended to support the agency in fulfilling its mandate and to carry out its basic programmes in the region. Part of the contribution will be allocated to projects aimed at providing basic health services to Palestinian refugees in Gaza and support to Palestinian refugees from Syria living in Lebanon and Jordan.
The conference enabled the Deputy Minister to reaffirm Italian support for UNRWA's activities, whose mandate is crucial for millions of Palestinian refugees and for the stability of the region. "Considering that the COVID-19 pandemic is further exacerbating the humanitarian situation of the Palestinian people, Italy will continue to guarantee its humanitarian contribution to UNRWA also in 2020" concluded the Vice Minister.