BRUSSELS / SYRIA LOWCOCK

14-Mar-2019 00:01:35
International donors today (14 Mar) pledged a record (USD) 6.97 billion to support millions of people in need of humanitarian aid in Syria as well as to refugees and host communities in the neighbouring countries. Part of the overall pledge, (USD) 2.5 billion, is for the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey this year. EUROPEAN UNION
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DATELINE: 14 MARCH 2019, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM / FILE
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1. Various shots, European Union Headquarters exterior

14 MARCH 2019, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

2.SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and the Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
“It looks like we will raise at least 6.5 billion dollars, possibly up to close to 7 billion dollars. That is a very significant result and if that is where we end up at the end of the day, we will be pleased.”
3.Wide shot, Lowcock talking to reporters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and the Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
“Firstly because it will be an important signal of the international community's solidarity with the people in Syria and with the neighbouring countries hosting huge numbers of refugees and feeling the strain of that generosity.”
5. Wide shot, Lowcock talking to reporters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and the Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
“Having the position clarified on funding levels so early in the year gives us confidence that we will be able to sustain very high level of programming throughout the year, and for the implementing agencies knowing that they will be financed is important for their planning. We hope this year for example to be able to reach 11.7 million Syrians inside the country with food assistance, and millions more with health.”
7. Wide shot, Lowcock talking to reporters
STORYLINE
International donors today (14 Mar) pledged a record (USD) 6.97 billion to support millions of people in need of humanitarian aid in Syria as well as to refugees and host communities in the neighbouring countries. Part of the overall pledge, (USD) 2.5 billion, is for the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey this year.

In 2017, donors pledged (USD) 6 billion in Brussels and in 2018, (USD) 4.4 billion. Total fundraising for 2018 reached just over (USD) 6 billion by the end of the year.

Funding announced at the third Supporting the future of Syria and the region conference, hosted in Brussels by the European Union and co-chaired by the United Nations, will go towards the UN-coordinated Syria Humanitarian Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan and other activities. These two appeals combined require $8.8 billion and fundraising will continue throughout the year.

Earlier today, the UN humanitarian chief Lowcock told reporters in Brussels “at least (USD) 6.5 billion” and possibly close to (USD) 7 billion had been pledged, highlighting that “that is a very significant result and if that is where we end up at the end of the day we will be pleased.”

The international community also confirmed (USD) 2.37 billion in funding for humanitarian, resilience and development activities for the Syria crisis response in 2020 and beyond. Pledges also included support to Palestine refugees in Syria.

Lowcock continued “Firstly, because this will be an important signal of the international community solidarity with the people of Syria inside the country and with the neighbours of Syria hosting huge numbers of refugees feeling the strain of that generosity.”

He added “having the position clarified on funding levels so early in the year gives us confidence that we will be able to sustain very high level of programming throughout the year.”

Syria is one of the world’s largest protection and displacement emergencies and 11.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection inside the country. Over 5.6 million Syrians have fled the country mainly to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt.

The Conference aims to ensure that Member States and global leaders mobilize resources to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Syria by raising awareness and demonstrating that one major impediment to the delivery of humanitarian assistance and protection to people in need is inadequate funding. It also aims to strengthen regional and international solidarity with affected people, both inside and outside of Syria.
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