The Family Planning Summit, convened in London on 11 July 2017, presents a critical opportunity to accelerate efforts to deliver family planning to women and girls globally— including those affected by humanitarian crises.
Humanitarian partners agreed to further scale up their response to reach the most vulnerable groups threatened by famine, including children with severe acute malnutrition. Nearly 11 million people urgently need humanitarian assistance.
It has become increasingly clear that children, many of them unaccompanied, are in the forefront of the crisis. In 2015 88,245 unaccompanied children applied for asylum in the EU; in May 2016 alone, 3,133 lone children arrived in Italy - UK government.
The number of Syrians seeking international protection has doubled in 2015 compared with 2014 to 362 800; the number of Afghans has almost quadrupled to 178 200; and that of Iraqis has multiplied by 7 to 121 500.
A Syrian refugee woman waits with her children for an opportunity to cross the border from Greece in to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
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"Europe has successfully dealt with large-scale refugee movements in the past..., and can deal with this one, provided it acts in a spirit of solidarity and responsibility sharing," said High Commissioner Grandi.