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Syria: Donors pledge USD12B for the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis

04 Feb 2016

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Syria is the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, and funding is urgently needed to help people caught up in the conflict. Today, the Supporting Syria and the Region conference brought together world leaders from around the globe to rise to the challenge of raising the money needed to help millions of people whose lives have been torn apart by the devastating civil war.

Co-hosted by the UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, and the United Nations, the conference raised over US$12 billion in pledges – $6 billion for 2016 and a further $6.1 billion for 2017-20 to enable partners to plan ahead.

The 2016 UN inter-agency appeals for the Syria crisis are an estimated US$7.73 billion. An additional US$1.2 billion in funding is required by affected regional governments as part of national response plans. See the 2016 Syria Response Plan & 2016-17 Regional Refugee and Response Plan.

But raising billions in financial support alone will not provide a long-term solution to this protracted humanitarian disaster.

The conference also set itself ambitious goals on education and economic opportunities to transform the lives of refugees caught up in the Syrian crisis – and to support the countries hosting them.