State Department Contributes an Initial $125 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of $125 million toward the 2012 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

This year’s initial contribution funded through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, will support UNHCR efforts worldwide. This funding includes support for refugee returns to countries such as Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo; local integration and resettlement; and protection and life-saving assistance. U.S. funding supports the provision of water, shelter, food, healthcare, and education to refugees, internally displaced persons, and other persons under UNHCR’s care and protection in countries such as Iraq, Yemen, Nepal, Pakistan, Georgia, South Sudan, Chad, and Kenya. The contribution will support UNHCR’s Annual and Supplementary Program activities listed below:

Africa $ 50.375 million

Asia and Pacific $ 15.5 million

Europe $ 4.0 million

Global Operations $ 4.0 million

Middle East $ 40.625 million

Headquarters $ 3.5 million

Western Hemisphere $ 2.875 million

Emergency Response activities $ 4.125 million

TOTAL $ 125.0 million

In 2011, the United States ultimately contributed more than $690 million to UNHCR through multiple tranches, a figure which included funding for on-going operations as well as special appeals for emergencies. We continue to salute the vital work of UNHCR, its many NGO partners, and refugee-hosting countries in providing protection to displaced populations around the world.

PRN: 2011/2194