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Statement by H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson Permanent Representative of Estonia at the UNRWA Donors Conference, 25 June 2018

25.06.2018

Commissioner General,

Estonia aligns itself with the statement delivered by the European Union.
Estonia highly appreciates the work of UNRWA and greatly values the assistance, protection and advocacy to Palestinian refugees. We acknowledge UNRWA’s utmost important role in the region as an emergency service provider, including shelter, repair, collective center management and emergency food assistance. Therefore, the Estonian Government has annually contributed to the activities of UNRWA.

For the year 2018, I have the pleasure to announce, that Estonia has already transferred a non-earmarked contribution of 200 000 euros to support UNRWA programs. This is in line with the aim of a more predictable planning process and the Good Humanitarian Donorship principles.

Nevertheless, we are concerned about the paradox of continuously increasing humanitarian needs. Despite the continuous efforts of many donors, including Estonia, that have increased their humanitarian funding, the international community still witnesses an increasing gap between needs and funding resources. We find it important that UNRWA constantly seeks solutions to operate more efficiently.

Let me also emphasize, that the Estonian Government is a keen supporter of the Central Emergency Response Fund since its establishment. CERF has demonstrated that it is able to deliver humanitarian aid quickly and effectively across the globe. In light of the growing needs, the predictability and sustainability of the CERF funding is crucial.

Allow me to assure you that Estonia continues to support activities to alleviate the humanitarian situation of the Gaza Strip’s residents, Palestine refugees and assist Palestine people through multilateral and bilateral development cooperation projects.

Thank you!

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