Coming in January: A pledging conference for Syrians

A Syrian mother and her son await distribution of nonfood items at a UNHCR facility in Al Nabek, Syria. Photo by: B. Diab / UNHCR

Humanitarian aid continues to trickle in ahead of a just-announced pledging conference for Syrians affected by ongoing conflict in the West Asian country.

The United Nations conference will be hosted Jan. 30 by Kuwait, which donated $100,000 to Armenian authorities Dec. 25. The money will be used to provide food, clothing and medicine to some 200 Syrian families in the next three to four months, according to Kuwait News Agency. More than 8,000 Syrians are currently taking refuge in Armenia.

Germany and the United Kingdom have also pledged new aid for Syrians.

German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel announced €14.73 million ($19.4 million) for the revised Syrian Regional Response Plan during his visit to the Bourj Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, on Dec. 22. The money will be for the use of several U.N. agencies, such as UNICEF, the U.N. Population Fund and the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom allotted 9 million pounds ($14.6 million) of its 15 million pounds announced Dec. 21 to the international humanitarian response to help Syrians. Some of the remaining funds will be used to provide armored vehicles to aid agencies facing insecurity inside Syria.

These pledges, however, still come short of the United Nations’ $1.5 billion appeal for Syrians. The original appeal of $487 million remains underfunded  only $379 million has been received according to data from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a Dec. 28 statement, called on donors to be generous at the upcoming conference.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.