Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria - Concept Note [EN/AR]

Background

Representatives from Member States, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations gathered in Kuwait City on 30 January 2013 to attend the high-level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria. The conference, which was hosted by the Emir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, and chaired by the Secretary-General, raised some US$1.5 billion pledged by 43 member states for humanitarian work to help Syrians. Those funds were used to support life-saving help for millions of displaced people in Syria and refugees in the region, including emergency food rations, mobile medical care and vaccinations, clean water and sanitation, and basic shelter. The money has also supported vital logistics, psychosocial and protection work.

The humanitarian situation in Syria and the conditions for refugees in neighbouring countries continue to deteriorate. More than 9 million Syrians now need assistance, and 6.5 million of them are displaced inside their own country, struggling to survive and cope with the crisis. More than 2.2 million people have fled to neighbouring countries since January 2012. While a political solution to this crisis is sought, as neutral and impartial humanitarians, efforts must continue to protect civilians and deliver aid.

Purpose

The second Pledging Conference for Syria is scheduled to take place on 15 January 2014 in Kuwait City and will be chaired by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and hosted once more through the generosity of the Emir of Kuwait.

Despite the best effort of generous nations in the region and beyond, appeals for humanitarian needs in Syria remain underfunded including the Revised Syrian Humanitarian Assistance and Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan (RRP). This has a significant impact on the ability of humanitarian agencies, the UN and partners to assist the Syrian people. The SHARP and RRP for the year 2014 representing the new requirements will be launched on 16 December 2013, with a combined requirement of $6.5 billion to address urgently needed humanitarian assistance inside and outside of Syria. The aim of the Conference is to mobilize the required financial resources to enable the United Nations and its partners to meet urgent humanitarian needs, and to harness solidarity among concerned nations for the plight of the Syrian people.

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