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RedR Australia to Support Palestinian Refugees

4th October 2017

Today, RedR Australia signed a Standby Partnership Agreement with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in East Jerusalem. Under the terms of the agreement, RedR Australia will deploy humanitarian experts to support UNRWA emergency response efforts in their areas of operation.

UNRWA was established in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. Their services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance.

RedR CEO Kirsten Sayers and Director of UNRWA Department of External Relations and Communications’ Francoise Vanni attended the signing ceremony in East Jerusalem today making UNRWA the eleventh United Nations agency or entity to sign a partnership agreement with RedR Australia.

“Protection of the most vulnerable is one of RedR Australia’s highest priorities in a humanitarian crisis and stateless Palestinian refugees are some of the most vulnerable in the Middle East right now,” Kirsten Sayers said.

“We are looking forward to sending our humanitarian experts to support important work of UNRWA,” she said.

RedR Australia will help UNRWA strengthen its emergency response through the rapid mobilisation of humanitarian experts to help communities rebuild and recover in times of crisis.  

Since its founding, UNRWA has taken action to mitigate the effects of emergencies on the lives of Palestine refugees, often working in challenging environments.

“Given the volatile environment in which UNRWA operates, predictable and reliable support from partners like RedR Australia is critical to strengthen the Agency’s preparedness and ability to respond to emergencies. We are grateful to RedR Australia for their support which will help us meet the needs of the most vulnerable Palestine refugees affected by unanticipated emergencies,” Ms Vanni said.

RedR Australia is funded by the Australian and UK Governments and public donations.

For further information, please contact Katrina Peach: 03 8341 2666 / 0414 684 664 or email communications@redr.org.au.