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Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed for Rome on Wednesday 14/3/2018 to co-chair a conference in support of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

He said Jordan, Egypt and Sweden worked with UNRWA and the European Union and in coordination with many countries to hold this conference, a call for effective action that leads to securing what UNRWA needs to continue providing its services.

But the still running about $346 million short for 2018, and officials warned that critical services could be scrapped if the money doesn't come through. However, he did not elaborate on his proposal or how it would affect funding. Reflecting global commitment to UNRWA and the Palestine refugees, the conference was attended by senior officials from over seventy countries, as well as worldwide organisations partnering with UNRWA.

He pointed out continuing the support for UNRWA is a political message that the world still cares about suffering of the Palestinian refugees, in which 5th, next May marks seventy years of their suffering and injustice. We have seen how some countries take great financial responsibility for the organisation while others do not.

"Palestinian refugees face a dire humanitarian situation", said Bibeau in a release.

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"If UNRWA would not exist, if these services were not provided, the security of region would be severely undermined", Guterres told reporters at the conference's conclusion. Minister Shoukry stressed on the necessity of preserving the dignity and the status of the refugees, and called upon all concerned parties to adhere to global resolutions that aim at solving the refugee problem. UNRWA is funded nearly entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees.

The agency, the oldest and largest United Nations relief program in the Middle East, provides health care, education and social services to an estimated 5 million Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

It offers support in food supply, access to education, healthcare, social services and employment.

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