Daily Trends Now
Daily Trends Now


United Nations gets $100M in new funds for Palestinian aid after U.S. cuts

United Nations gets $100M in new funds for Palestinian aid after U.S. cuts

The conference was held at the initiative of Jordan, along with Egypt and Sweden, and with the attendance of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, European Union chief Federica Mogherini, and foreign ministers and representatives from 90 countries and organizations.

The conference, co-hosted by Jordan, Egypt and Sweden, aims to boost support to the United Nations agency in facing the financial deficit that is estimated to be $446 million, which affects the agency's provision of basic services to 5.3 million Palestinian refugees at its operation zones, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

The almost 100-million-dollar total comes from 11 countries: Qatar, Canada, Switzerland, Turkey, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Mexico, Slovakia, India and France.

"Attempts to undermine the refugees issue are being done by trying to end the work of the UNRWA through reducing financial support", he told Xinhua at the demonstration.

Global powers will gather in Rome on Thursday to discuss the future of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, which faces an unprecedented crisis after the U.S. froze tens of millions of dollars in funding. "According to UNRWA, [in contrast to refugees worldwide who are not Palestinian Arabs] refugee status is passed from generation to generation, so that even fifth-generation descendants are considered refugees from Israel".

Cutting sanitation, health care and medical services in already poverty-wracked and conflict-ridden areas "would have severe impacts - a cascade of problems that could push the suffering in disastrous and unpredictable directions", he warned.




Fear is rife about the future of the organisation, which employs more than 20,000 mainly Palestinian staff and relies on the United States for almost 30 percent of its funding.

We pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. In announcing the cuts in January, the US State Department said it wanted reforms at the agency, which Israel has strongly criticized. But he said "there is a limit to its ability to do so" given the enormous sustained needs faced by 5 million people.

"It is vital and it is necessary to address these very basic services, but also to provide dignity for multitudes of Palestinians and to (protect) many of them from the potential threats of radicalization and terrorism", he told reporters.

Among the services likely to be affected are around 700 schools in the Palestinian territories and elsewhere in the region that provide education to over 500,000 students, Guterres said.

Turkey has always been a major provider of funds to Palestine, contributing about $324 million in aid through public institutions and charities between 2013 and 2017.

The move came after US President Donald Trump threatened on January 3 to cut aid to the agency, which serves more than five million people. Turkey ranks first if one takes into account national incomes.

follow

editors' picks

March 16, 2018
United to use tags for pet carriers after dog death
As Sophia and her mom cried, some shocked passengers tweeted and posted about the tragedy on Facebook. During the four-hour flight, the puppy barked for a while and then stopped.

March 16, 2018
Study finds microplastics in most bottled waters
The analysis was performed by Professor of Chemistry Sherri Mason and her team at her lab at the State University of NY . This figure is just an average though, with some bottles containing very few and some containing magnitudes more.

March 15, 2018
Miley sued for $300m over We Can't Stop
The suit claims the Jamaica-based songwriter, along with artist Michael May , wrote a song titled " We Run Things " back in 1988. Now: " We Run Things ", which is a great song, sounds absolutely nothing like " We Can't Stop ", which is not.

March 14, 2018
Dubai: 7 friends killed in plane crash after party
The last videos posted to her account showed her and friends enjoying a concert by pop star Rita Ora at a popular Dubai nightclub. The flight likely carried Mina Basaran , the 28-year-old daughter of the chairman of Basaran Investment Holding.

March 14, 2018
Air Canada system problems have been fixed, but flight delays still possible
Passengers are reporting long lines at the airport and it appears some flights are grounded until further notice. Victoria Airport reported that the customer kiosks are operating again, as of around 11:15 a.m.

March 13, 2018
Vermont Unemployment Rate Low As Labor Shortage Builds
Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created almost 1.5 million jobs, which includes more than 144,000 in the past year . Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here: http://www.hoosierdata.in.gov/infographics/employment-status.asp .

March 12, 2018
Tiger Woods eyes $1 million prize at PGA's Valspar Championship
It seemed he did a pretty good job of it on Friday, leading by himself for a time and making many wonder how it is even possible. The 42-year-old's last tour win was in August, 2013, at the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational.

March 10, 2018
Nintendo Lands Some Back Spin With New Mario Tennis Aces Details
The trailer covers basic shots, the all-new "Zone Shot" that lets you pin point any spot you want to aim at using motion controls. Which new game or games from Nintendo are you looking forward to most? Players can swing rackets as one of over 15 characters.

March 10, 2018
UK home secretary visits city where ex-Russian spy poisoned
Skripal had been "turned" by MI6 in 1995, the FSB said, and had been in contact with British agents at the Moscow embassy. Incidentally, Alexander Litvinenko was murdered at Millennium Hotel in London in 2006 soon after Skripal was imprisoned.

March 10, 2018
Leicester's Riyad Mahrez: Joining Man City would have been 'a good move'
It was up to me to keep him here for the club, and for me to try to sort it out, protect Riyad and the club. However understandably, as the club's standout player, Leicester were not keen on letting him go.