Latest 3RP Update: Donors pledge $3.6 billion toward Syria crisis response plans

On 31 March, the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference in Response to the Syria Crisis (Kuwait III) mobilized commitments of more than USD 3.6 billion in support of the Syria Strategic Response Plan (SRP) and Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP). The Conference was hosted for the third year in a row by the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The generous donor support comes as the security, humanitarian and development situation inside Syria continues its downward spiral. It is a significant show of support and solidarity with Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, which are now hosting more than 3.9 million Syrian refugees between them. Some 600,000 refugees are out of school, 2.4 million are in need of food assistance, and 1.4 million very vulnerable people need cash assistance to meet their most basic needs. Meanwhile, essential services such as health, education and sanitation in these host countries are at a breaking point. In light of this situation, the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, used his opening address to encourage donors to continue channeling funds that link development and humanitarian assistance. The 3RP was developed as a platform to facilitate just such linkages by integrating humanitarian and development priorities into a single response. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Mr António Guterres reinforced the need for such a new approach. “After four years of conflict, we are at a tipping point,” he said. “It is clear that the world’s response to the crisis in Syria cannot be business as usual. The situation is becoming unsustainable.” Ms Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP, presented in her...

Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria to be held in Kuwait

The Third Pledging Conference aims to raise the funds required to meet the needs set out in the 2015 Syria Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-2016. The conference will be hosted and opened by the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and will be chaired by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Ms Valerie Amos, Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. António Guterres, High Commissioner for Refugees and Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme will speak at the conference. The Conference will take place on 31 March 2015 in Kuwait City. Download the 3RP 3RP key messages final prepared ahead of the Conference and visit the Conference website for more...

Government of Egypt, United Nations and Partners Launch Major Aid Plan for Syrian Refugees in Egypt and Host Community

CAIRO (17 February 2015) – As Syria’s war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting over US$8.4 billion in funds to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015. Today the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) Egypt chapter is launched jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the United Nations in the capital Cairo. The Egypt appeal is addressing some of the needs of almost six million people; including an estimated 300,000 Syrian refugees (136,254 of whom are registered with UNHCR) living in the most impacted areas in Egypt, as well as the most affected communities hosting them. The government of Egypt, the United Nations, and their partners are appealing for almost US $380 million to cover both the refugee and resilience components in 2015. The crisis has exacerbated pre-existing vulnerabilities in the impacted communities and has put pressure on the local economy, especially in education and health services. “In spite of the already strained Egyptian economy and infrastructure during the last three years, the Egyptian people and government took a decision since the beginning of the refugee crisis to provide our Syrian brothers full and free access to the same public services rendered to Egyptians. The same health care, education and higher education, which are massively subsidized and are often provided virtually free of charge, ”said Ambassador Abderahman Salah, the Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and Middle Eastern Affairs. “Consequently, Egypt has the highest enrolment rates of the Syrian refugee children with 39,314 school students and almost 14,000 university...
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