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UNRWA – United Nations Relief And Works Agency For Palestine Refugees In The Near East

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With over fifty years of service, a staff of approximately 22,000, and an annual budget of more than 310 million US dollar, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is not only one of the oldest and largest UN agencies, but also one of the least known outside expert circles. In 1978 due to the turmoil of the civil war in Lebanon, the Organization was forced to evacuate and move its central administration offices to Vienna. The UNRWA definition is extended to include the offspring of the original 1948 refugees. With an annual budget of 310.4 million US dollars (2001), UNRWA endeavors to cover the basic needs of the refugees for Education (primary and secondary schools as well as vocational training), Primary Health Care (prevention and hygiene) and Social Welfare (food aid, social assistance and development aid).

Keywords: Lebanon; UN agencies; UNRWA; Vienna



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