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Rome summit to focus on UNRWA funding crisis


Rome, March 10 (IANS/AKI) and will attend an upcoming summit in on the severe funding crisis that could force the UN Palestinian refugee agency to halt its vital work, the said on Friday.

The aim of the conference taking place at on Thursday is "to actively support a collective response by the international community to protect the rights and dignity of and ensure UNRWA's unprecedented funding crisis of 446 million dollars is urgently resolved," FAO said in a statement.

UNRWA, which helps over five million Palestine refugees, is experiencing the worst financial crisis in its 70 year history and as a consequence may be forced to suspend services, the statement said.

The foreign ministers of Jordan, and will chair the conference aimed at rallying further international support for , according to the statement.

Aside from its crucial humanitarian work to aid Palestinian refugees, makes a key contribution to stability in the region.

It is the oldest and largest UN humanitarian and human development programme in the Middle East, said the statement.


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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 02:46 IST