STATEMENT by H.E. Mr. Y. HALİT ÇEVİK PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKEY TO THE UNITED NATIONS

H.E. Halit Çevik 08.10.2015

Mr. President,



As the Chair of the Working Group on the Financing of UNRWA, we would like to thank all the delegations taking the floor today, for their generous contributions to UNRWA for 2016.



UNRWA continues to be one of the few lifelines to millions of Palestinians who strive to survive under direst conditions.



The region suffers from increasing instability and ever increasing people are displaced and deprived of their dignity Under these conditions, UNRWA’s central role, and its vital functions are being threatened by the insufficiency of resources.



Despite the measures taken in recent years to secure sustained financing for the essential services provided by the Agency, more remains to be done to bolster its financial stability. We need to take further steps to address this challenge.



In this respect, I am pleased to announce that Turkish Government has increased its contribution to UNRWA’s budget and will provide one million and 500 thousand Dollars (1.500.000$) in cash donation to UNRWA for 2016.



Of that amount, 1 million and 225 thousand Dollars will be allocated to the UNRWA General Budget, and 275 thousand Dollars will be designated for the Regular and Emergency Food Appeals.



In addition to our regular contribution to the general budget, we are also sending in-kind and emergency assistance to the Palestinian refugees through the Agency. Our projects, on bilateral basis, to supply humanitarian aid, fuel, electricity and water will also continue.




On this occasion, I would like to reiterate our sincere thanks to Mr. Krähenbühl and his team here for their devoted efforts and valuable contributions to UNRWA.



Thank you.