UNICEF and Saudi Committee for the Relief of Palestinian People Discuss Assistance for Children in oPt
JERUSALEM / RIYADH, June 1 2005 - The Saudi Committee for the Relief of Palestinian People have announced plans to forge a new strategic framework with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) for assistance to children in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
The agreement was reached at the end of two days of meetings this week between representatives from UNICEF's Gulf Area Office and oPt and senior officials from the Saudi Ministry of the Interior.
The proposed framework will focus on assistance in education and health for the new generation of Palestinian adolescents.
"UNICEF and the Saudi Committee for the Relief of Palestinian People shares the vision on the importance of children getting the right start in life and receiving quality education in a child-friendly manner. ," said Dan Rohrmann, the UNICEF Special Representative in oPt.
The Saudi Committee for the Relief of Palestinian People was established in 2000, and has since donated some US$200 million to projects in oPt. The Committee has provided cash and in-kind assistance in addition to funding educational and medical activities as well as reconstruction schemes.
UNICEF – the world’s most influential advocate for children - has been working to improve the situation of children and women in oPt since the early 1980s. Go to: www.unicef.org/oPt.