UNRWA Welcomes OIC decision to establish a “Waqf” Fund for Palestine refugees

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has welcomed with deep appreciation the establishment of a “Waqf Fund“ for the Agency, announced by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at its Seventh Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul on 18 May.

At a time when Palestine refugees are deeply concerned about their future, the announcement of the Waqf Fund represents an important milestone in the global effort to preserve UNRWA’s vital services”, said Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl. The possibility of setting up such a Waqf Fund for Palestine refugees was recommended in a 2017 report by the UN Secretary General as part of a broader effort to provide sustained, predictable and sufficient funding for UNRWA.
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