Strong support for resilience at Syria pledging conference

Feb 4, 2016

Syrian refugees in Hungary Photo: UNDP

LONDON - The United Nations Development Programme welcomes the major pledges made for responses to the Syria crisis in London today at the conference co-hosted by UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway and the UN. More than US$10 billion dollars were pledged for life-saving interventions and to bolster livelihoods and education, health and other services for those impacted by the Syrian crisis.
 “It has become increasingly clear that alongside the enormous humanitarian relief effort there must be increased investment in building the resilience of people and communities – within Syria, and within the countries in the neighbourhood who host many refugees”, said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). “UNDP is totally committed to this work.”
 “Development actors can respond with support for jobs and livelihoods, for education and health provision, and for basic services like water, sanitation, electricity, and waste disposal”, said Helen Clark. “There should be a special emphasis on meeting the needs of women and girls and vulnerable groups.”
 The Conference marks an important step forward for the resilience agenda long-championed by UNDP -  an agenda which recognizes that the most effective responses to the protracted crises require comprehensive and integrated approaches addressing the full range of the needs of communities and countries. 
“Effective responses to the Syria crisis depend on increased and sustained levels of support from international partners”, said Helen Clark. “The London Conference has shown that many partners are willing to make a real difference for the millions of people impacted by the Syrian Crisis, and UNDP commends the generosity they continue to show."

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