PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PROMOTION: Malta pledges Euros 55,000 towards honourable work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

During a speech at an Extraordinary Ministerial Conference at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela presented a pledge of Euros 55,000 on behalf of the Government of Malta in support of UNRWA – the United Nations organisation that provides humanitarian assistance to Palestine refugees.

Malta already provides support to Palestinian capacity building through a number of scholarships for Masters degrees in Diplomatic Studies, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Heritage, and Humanitarian Action.

The conference ‘Preserving Dignity and Sharing Responsibility – Mobilizing Collective Action for UNRWA’ was co-chaired by the Foreign Ministers of Jordan, Sweden, and Egypt and included the special participation of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini to alleviate UNRWA’s current financial challenges that threaten its future operations.

UNRWA’s work is increasingly more relevant in view of the deteriorating circumstances threatening security, stability, and peace in the wider region covering not just Palestine but also Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria that all host thousands of Palestine refugees. Malta’s pledge is a token of support of UNRWA’s noble work in providing core services that are critical for more than 5 million Palestine refugees under its protection mandate.

During the conference Minister Abela highlighted that Malta is recognisant of UNRWA’s crucial endeavours to assist, protect, and advocate for Palestine refugees particularly in the fields of education and healthcare. The Minister also reiterated Malta’s long-standing call for all parties involved to engage in a meaningful peace process that also addresses the plight of these refugees.

Source: Government of Malta