London to host Supporting Syria and the Region conference tomorrow

LONDON, 3rd February, 2015 (WAM) -- The UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, and the United Nations will co-host the Supporting Syria and the Region conference in London on 4th February to raise significant new funding to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of those affected.

Syria is the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. Billions of Dollars in international aid are needed to support people caught up in the conflict. The conference will 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, according to the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The Supporting Syria and the Region conference will bring 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.

The 2016 UN inter-agency appeals for the Syria crisis are for 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, but raising billions in financial support alone will not provide a long-term solution to this protracted humanitarian disaster.

The conference will 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. The event will build on 3 previous conferences that have been generously hosted in Kuwait.

At the conference, leaders from countries around the world, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and civil society will come together to raise significant new funding to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of those affected by the crisis, provide access to education for all refugee and host community children by the end of the 2016-17 school year, create job opportunities for refugees in neighbouring countries, apply international pressure to stop obstruction and abuse, to respect humanitarian law, give people inside Syria safer healthcare, safer education, and support for the most vulnerable, especially girls and women, and agree on how the international community will work together to help make Syria more stable.


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