First International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria

January 2013: Representatives from Member States, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations gathered in Kuwait City on 30 January to attend the high-level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria. [Download Summary]

“We have now seen global solidarity in action,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commending Member States for their generosity. “We have brought a message of hope to the millions of Syrians who have been affected by this terrible crisis.”

The conference, which was hosted by the Emir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, and chaired by the Secretary-General, gave Member States an opportunity to continue supporting the much-needed humanitarian response seeking US$1.5 billion to help millions of people affected by the Syria crisis.

The Secretary-General expressed his deep gratitude to His Highness and the Government of Kuwait for hosting the meeting. "The Emir has just announced a remarkable contribution of $300 million", the S-G said. "I deeply appreciate his enormous generosity. This is a testament of His Highness, the Emir, and the people of Kuwait's strong commitment to humanity. I hope you are all inspired by this stellar example of international solidarity. May I invite you again to applaud his very generous contribution".

“The needs are huge,” said UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos addressing the conference. “The UN estimates that four million people need urgent humanitarian assistance, including two million who have fled their homes and are now living without the most basic services: without clean water, sanitation facilities and electricity.”

About $1 billion is for the Refugee Response Plan (RRP), which will support over 700,000 refugees who have fled Syria to neigbouring countries such as Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. The Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP) requires more than $519 million to help over 4 million people inside Syria, including an estimated 2 million who have been forced from their homes by the violence.