British Ambassador Chris Rampling hosted a Palestinian networking reception at Dar el Nimer Cultural Centre, in the presence of Palestinian Ambassador Ashraf Dabbour, representatives of Lebanese and Palestinian NGOs, academics and researchers, international donors including diplomats.
The event was an opportunity to reiterate the UK’s continued support to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and the region, highlighting the work the Embassy is doing with local and international partners, the Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee, UNRWA, and many other Palestinians, Lebanese and international donors supporting Palestinian refugees here.
Addressing the guests, Ambassador Rampling said:
Thank you for coming here tonight. Our support to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon is made a reality through the commitment of many of you in this room today, through your NGOs, local organisations, and international partners. As well as, of course, the significant sums funded through the UK’s Department for International Development that are spent in Lebanon by UNRWA. I am proud both that the UK is a long term supporter of UNRWA and that we stepped up our support last year: providing $84 million in funding.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you and pay tribute to all your work to make a difference across Lebanon. Our Embassy is proud to work with young Palestinians in Lebanon, supporting marginalised youth gain access to increased economic opportunities, and develop solutions to governance, service delivery, improving security for all, and helping the most vulnerable including people with disabilities.
Guests also enjoyed the photography and paintings’ exhibition prepared by Palestinian youth.