11 FEBRUARY 2021

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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UNRWA

Our friends at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has asked for $1.5 billion to fund its essential services, emergency appeals and priority projects for this year.  This figure includes $806 million for core services, such as education, health, relief and social services, protection and infrastructure, as well as camp improvement.  Emergency humanitarian assistance would require another $231 million.  To respond to the hardship caused by the conflict in Syria to Palestine refugees in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, the Agency is seeking $318 million.  The emergency appeals include adjustments that UNRWA made to its services to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among [Palestine refugees] and to address its impact.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  And another question for you, quoting here Axios, the Jewish National Fund is apparently planning this weekend to approve a new policy that will allow the organization, which is a very big organization, as you know, to purchase land in the West Bank for the first time.  What’s the UN’s reaction?

Spokesman:  Look, I… the only thing I’ve seen is that same report from Axios.  We will look into it.  I think our stand for a negotiated settlement continues unchanged, as well as our stand against anything that would annex land, but that’s just our position… we’ll look into, A, if that actually happens and look into the report a little bit further.

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