Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA, 1st Meeting (PM)
A total of 20 donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2018 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials called for stable financing for the Agency amid devastating conflicts and violence in the Middle East.
Council of Ministers pledged further humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees
“Supported by UNHCR, we are providing concrete aid for the victims of the Syria conflict and are sending an important signal that Austria will continue its tradition as a dedicated humanitarian aid donor”, said Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl in a statement on the decision of the first Council of Ministers session of the new Federal Government to mobilise a further 150,000 euros of aid from the Foreign Disaster Fund for Syrian refugees.
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10 March 2016
Distinguished President, Excellencies,
Over the past ten days, many delegations have shared with me their alarm about the growing disarray in many countries. And among other issues, I have raised with many of them my concerns about arrests, harassment and spurious prosecutions of journalists, activists, political opponents and human rights defenders.
During 2015 MSF teams provided just under 100,000 medical consultations on three search and rescue vessels in the Mediterranean, in Greece, Italy, throughout the Balkans and we are now working in northern France. Many of these consultations were for illnesses and injuries sustained on the life threatening journeys that people were forced to take for want of a safe, legal alternative. In Serbia, for example, 80% of the consultations performed by our medics were related to the tough conditions on the journey.
“What is happening is that the pressure cooker in Syria has exploded and Europe has begun receiving shrapnel from the blast,” said Sandra Awad, who lives in Damascus where she works for Caritas Syria with those impoverished by the fighting.
The conflict in Syria has left some 16 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Half of them are children. Four million people and counting have fled the war and the country.
Scale of the crisis
VIENNA, Austria, 5 June (UNHCR) – Syrian refugees Abdulrazaq and Raja feared for the worst last August when their son, Zaid, was born in exile in Jordan suffering from a serious heart condition.
Jordan has been generous in accepting almost 600,000 of the 2.8 million refugees that have fled from the civil war in neighbouring Syria, but the massive influx has put a tremendous strain on basic services, including health care. Many refugees need hospitalization, some for life-threatening conditions that Jordan struggles to treat.
Factsheet on Syria:
The number of people affected by this protracted crisis is estimated to be 6.8 million people.
Around 4.25 million people are reported to be displaced within Syria.
The number of refugees has now reached 1 683 901, with over 550 thousand in Lebanon alone..
The total humanitarian funding committed to the crisis is €682 million: €265 million from the EU and €417 from the Member States which includes in-kind contributions.