Syria: UN welcomes Kuwaiti donation, massive gaps still remain
Seven UN humanitarian agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have welcomed funding from the Government of Kuwait to support their response to the Syria crisis. But aid groups still need almost US$5.3 billion to support people affected by the crisis in 2014.
At ceremonies in Geneva and New York on Monday 7 April, representatives from the agencies thanked His Highness the Amir of Kuwait and the Kuwaiti government and people for their generosity. The aid groups received a combined $204.5 million in funds to support the millions of people whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict in Syria.
In total, Kuwait disbursed $249.5 million to humanitarian agencies including both the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and NGOs.
“Kuwait's contribution to the work of the United Nations and the international humanitarian system goes beyond financial donations,” said UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief, Kyung-wha Kang.
“Through the generosity of His Highness the Amir and the Kuwaiti Government, Kuwait hosted two very successful high-level international humanitarian pledging conferences for Syria in the space of almost one year.”
$5.3 billion still needed in 2014
Ms. Kang said that with Kuwait’s contribution, some 45 per cent of the pledges made at the 2014 Syria Humanitarian Pledging Conference in January have been fulfilled.
“Timely funding, like this donation from Kuwait, is essential to ensure that supply pipelines are not interrupted and we can use the most economical routes to bring these supplies in,” Ms. Kang said.
However, UN humanitarian appeals for Syria and the region remain severely underfunded. Aid groups working in Syria and in countries housing Syrian refugees have received only 20 per cent of the $6.5 billion they need in 2014. They still require $5.3 billion.