During the same, the delicate moment for UNRWA was analyzed due to the impact of COVID-19 on the situation of chronic health crisis of the Palestinian refugees, as well as the political tension derived from the possible annexation by Israel of parts of West Bank and because of budgetary difficulties after withdrawing as a donor from the United States in 2018.
UNRWA was born in 1949 under the mandate of the United Nations General Assembly to offer emergency aid and social assistance programs to the Palestinian refugee population.
After more than 70 years, the current UNRWA mission offers assistance and protection to the 5.6 million Palestinian refugees living in 58 camps in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine awaiting a solution to their status.
Conceived in its origins as a temporary organization, UNRWA has adapted its programs to meet the changing needs of refugees in recent decades. UNRWA currently operates more than 700 schools attended by half a million students across the Middle East.
The Agency also provides health care in 143 primary health centers and manages 49 social and training centers for women, in addition to the same number of community service centers.
UNRWA's current mandate has been renewed until June 2023.
On the part of Spain, the Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Ángeles Moreno Bau, has participated, who has underlined the vital role that UNRWA plays in the care and protection of the refugee population. This conference coincides with his virtual trip to Palestine this week.
During his speech, Moreno Bau recalled Spain's commitment to achieving a just and lasting peace to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with full respect for international law, in the belief that there is no other alternative than a two-state solution with Jerusalem as the capital of both.
Spain is one of the most committed historical donors to UNRWA and is among the top twenty world donors.