Conference on the humanitarian situation in Syria

Report
from Government of Sweden
Published on 13 Sep 2013 View Original

On 16 September, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will host a conference between donors and UN representatives to discuss coordination of the humanitarian operation in Syria and its neighbouring countries.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the main organiser and initiator of the conference, while Sweden will act as host. The conference aims to offer donors and other UN bodies a forum for sharing information and discussing how to manage the challenges of supplying humanitarian assistance to the Syrian crisis.

"This conference is an excellent opportunity for donors and the UN to discuss how we can best help the seven million Syrians, including over three million children, who are deemed to be in need of humanitarian aid. With continued intensive fighting, the difficulty of reaching disaster areas and approximately two million people who have fled to neighbouring countries, Syria constitutes by far the greatest humanitarian challenge the international community faces today. Donors and UN humanitarian bodies cooperating and complementing each other helps ensure that our aid reaches those affected and provides maximum dividends to the suffering population," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.

Sweden is one of the world's largest humanitarian donors. So far this year, Sweden has contributed SEK 270 million to operations aimed at dealing with the acute humanitarian crisis in Syria and its neighbouring countries. In addition to this, Sweden provides extensive core support to various UN humanitarian bodies and the International Red Cross Movement.

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