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Good morning, this is Pip. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the funding crisis facing UNRWA, and how shortfalls may be putting at risk not only Palestinian refugees, but also regional stability.

We’re also hearing from the incoming director of the World Food Programme about why we need to “learn how to do more with less,” and why the planet must take urgent measures to adapt to extreme weather events.

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A Palestinian woman and her child stand next to a window of an aid distribution centre run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza city, 2021. (Keystone/AFP/Mohammed Abed)

UNRWA funding crisis puts Palestinian refugees in jeopardy. In recent years, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees has been grappling with skyrocketing needs, increased violence and political instability in the region where it operates. But it has also been faced with successive million-dollar deficits as donors scale back their funding to the agency, or in some cases cut it altogether. In January, UNRWA’s chief Philippe Lazzarini warned the organisation was nearing a “tipping point”, appealing to donors to urgently up their commitments to keep its operations afloat. We look at what’s behind these funding shortfalls.

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