Prince Nayef receives UNRWA Distinguished Donor Award

December 19, 2009

Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, today received UNRWA’s Distinguished Donor Award, becoming the first individual to receive the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East’s award. 

UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen Koning AbuZayd presents Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz UNRWA’s Distinguished Donor Award.

At a ceremony in Riyadh, UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen Koning AbuZayd presented Prince Nayef the award “for his remarkable support to UNRWA demonstrated through the numerous contributions which have been made to UNRWA since 2005 by the Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People and the Campaign of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques for Gaza, acting under the directions of His Royal Highness, who is Supervisor-General of the Committee.

The Commissioner-General expressed her deep gratitude to His Royal Highness, saying “I am delighted that one of my last acts as Commissioner-General of UNRWA is to present this well deserved award to His Royal Highness Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz. The financial and in kind support which the Committee and the Campaign, acting under His Royal Highness’ directions, have given to UNRWA since 2005, worth a total of $17.4 million, demonstrates clearly the deep concern felt by His Royal Highness for Palestine refugees, reflecting the concern of the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the welfare of Palestinians generally, and for their cause, and amply warrants the bestowal for the first time of UNRWA’s Distinguished Donor Award. The donations for Gaza alone in 2009 exceed $10 million, representing the largest donations to UNRWA for Gaza by any non-governmental organization and one of the largest ever annual contributions to UNRWA by a non-government donor.”

UNRWA provides assistance and protection to 4.7 million Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory.