2016 Emergency Appeal for the Syria Regional Crisis: UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl launched the Emergency Appeal on 2 February in Amman. Together with the Lebanon, Jordan and Syria Field Directors, the plight of Palestine refugees in Syria and the impact the crisis has had over the past ve years was rearmed to over 50 diplomatic, Jordanian government and other UN representatives.
UNRWA appealed to donors for US$ 329 million to meet the critical humanitarian assistance needs required to support 450,000 Palestine refugees inside Syria throughout 2016. This was further stressed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose opening remarks to the London pledging conference stated, “[W]e are here to nd ways to protect civilians. Palestinian refugees, already vulnerable, are doubly dispossessed and in a desperate position.”