The Government of Iceland decided 8 March 2007 to double its contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to 0,2 million USD in 2007. This was announced following the meeting of Valgerdur Sverrisdottir, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs, with Karen Koning AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, in Reykjavik, Iceland. At their meeting, the Icelandic Foreign Minister and UNRWA´s Commissioner-General discussed the conditions of Palestinian refugees, UNRWA´s various operations, and the current situation in Gaza and on the West Bank.
UNRWA is a relief and human development agency, providing education, healthcare, social services and emergency aid to approximately 4,3 million Palestinian refugees living in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly under resolution 302 (IV) of 8 December 1949.