Press release: United Nations and Partners Strengthen Commitment to Syrians and Neighbours Affected by Syria Crisis

Helsinki, 24 January – United Nations agencies and NGO partners today appealed for US$4.63 billion in new funding to continue vital work in addressing the growing needs of refugees from Syria and communities hosting them in neighbouring countries. The UN and more than 240 partners formally launched the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) for 2017 and 2018. The plan aims to assist over 4.7 million refugees from Syria and 4.4 million people hosting them in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. The funding for the 3RP is in addition to the $3.4 billion that the UN estimates will be required to address the humanitarian needs of 13.5 million people within Syria this year. Hosted by Finland, the Helsinki Conference on Supporting Syrians and the Region focuses on key humanitarian priorities: saving lives, protection, and building resilience. “The news from Syria has been heartbreaking. We’ve observed a huge increase in humanitarian need and are aware of the great burden carried by the neighbouring countries. By hosting this key event, Finland wants to highlight the vital work done by the UN and Syria’s neighbours,” Kai Mykkänen, Finland’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, said. “It is our joint duty to support those efforts the best we can.” The vast majority of Syrian refugees fall below the poverty line and struggle to afford essentials such as food, rent and health care. Seventy per cent of those in need are women and children. Half of refugee children are out of school. And with winter now biting, humanitarian needs are a matter of life and death. “Syrian refugees and host communities need our... read more

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