On February 4, multiple nations will be hosting an annual conference to determine how to best aid Syria and its people amidst the country’s five year long humanitarian crisis. The conference, Supporting Syria, will occur in London, with the UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, and the United Nations all co-hosting the event.
As the conference website states, “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.”
This is both a generous and necessary effort, yet the requested money is close to an astronomical $9 billion for the region in 2016.
The requested funding is split in two ways: “the U.N. inter-agency appeals for the Syria crisis are an estimated $7.73 billion. An additional $1.2 billion in funding is required by affected regional governments as part of national response plans.”
According to Mashable, “The expectations are partly based on the reframing of the aid debate over the past year, following the chaotic migration of hundreds of thousands of desperate Syrians to Europe.”
Other goals of the conference include providing widespread, safe access to education and healthcare, implementing humanitarian law to stop continuing abuse, and uniting the international community so it can collectively help Syria recover after its political conflict ends.
The Guaridan reports that “The UN children’s agency has said that $1.4 [billion] will be needed to rescue what could become a lost generation both in Syria and in exile.”
While last year’s goal was to raise $7 billion, donors only pledged $3.38 billion—in previous years, appeals were similarly underfunded.
However, leaders remain ambitious; British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said, "We think we need to make a step change now from simply the traditional model of passing the hat around the international donor community.”
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