Syria: UN and partners launch major appeal for 2015
As Syria’s war heads towards a fifth year, the UN and its humanitarian partners today launched a major new appeal for more than US$8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in 2015.
The appeal includes two main elements: support for over 12 million displaced and conflict-affected people inside Syria, and support for the millions of Syrian refugees who have fled their homeland, as well as the countries and communities hosting them.
Presented to donors at a meeting in Berlin, the 2015 appeal incorporates, for the first time, significant development aspects in addition to the life-saving humanitarian needs of the largest number of displaced people in the world.
“Conflict has devastated millions of Syrian lives”
The Syria Strategic Response Plan 2015 addresses acute humanitarian needs inside Syria. Through it, aid groups aim to provide 12.2 million people with protection, life-saving assistance and livelihoods support.
It requires $2.9 billion in funding and brings together humanitarian organizations working inside Syria and in neighbouring countries.
“Conflict has devastated millions of Syrians’ lives, trapping them in conflict areas and denying them access to basic provisions and healthcare. Many live in fear, children can’t go to school and parents can’t go out to work,” said UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos.
“This plan, if fully funded, can help us provide food and medicine for children, shelter families from the cold, and support those who are desperate and traumatized.”
The Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), represents a strategic shift in the way that aid will be delivered in the region. It brings together emergency humanitarian operations and host community support with longer-term programmes aimed at boosting resilience.
Some $5.5 billion is needed so that aid groups can directly support almost 6 million people. This includes the almost 4.27 million Syrian refugees who are expected to be living in neighbouring countries by the end of 2015, as well as more than 1 million vulnerable people from the communities that are hosting them.
“Syria’s war is still escalating and the humanitarian situation is becoming protracted. Refugees and internally displaced people have exhausted their savings and resources, and host countries are at breaking point,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. “We need a new aid architecture that links support to the refugees with what is being done to stabilize the communities who host them.”
Improved services to benefit 20 million more
Beyond those receiving direct support, an additional 20.6 million people in Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt will benefit from upgrades to local infrastructure and services in areas such as health, education, water and sewage, training and capacity building of service providers, and policy and administrative support to local and national authorities.
"The countries hosting Syrian refugees are struggling with the massive impact on their economies, societies, and infrastructure threatening not only their stability but the stability of the entire region," said Gina Casar, Under-Secretary-General and UN Development Programme Associate Administrator.
"A traditional humanitarian response is no longer enough. The task ahead requires a comprehensive response to the crisis that builds the resilience of these communities and government institutions.”