Sweden has increased its annual contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA) to $40.6 million, UNWRA announced in a statement released on Tuesday.
Sweden has provided more than $693 million dollars since 1993 and is considered one of the top donor states to the UN organization.
“The decision to increase our core funding to UNRWA shows the great importance that Sweden attaches to the Agency and its work for Palestine refugees,” said Sweden’s Consul-General Ann-Sofie Nilsson.
“In times of financial and political uncertainty for Palestine refugees, Sweden’s constant support is critical,” read the UNWRA statement.
“The Agency’s human development work in health, education, relief and social services for Palestine refugees would not be possible without the support of donors like Sweden.”
Last month, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom called for an investigation to determine if Israel was guilty of extrajudicial killings of Palestinians during the latest wave of violence.