Humanitarian funding requirements for the UN-run programmes for Syria are only a fraction fulfilled, despite the worsening humanitarian situation in the country, according to a senior UN official.
The U.S. Department of Treasury has sought to reassure humanitarian agencies operating in Syria after growing criticism that sanctions designed to punish the regime are throttling aid to an increasingly impoverished population.
Donors pledged EUR 5.3 billion (USD 6.4 billion) towards humanitarian relief efforts for Syria at a recent conference -- a decrease on last year’s commitments and only around half the funds needed. As the conflict entered its second decade, most countries reduced funding, though both the European Union and Germany increased their contributions.
The United Nations humanitarian and Covid-19 response plans for last year received about USD 2.13 billion in funding, a little over half of what the global body says it needed for the plans.
The Brussels conference on humanitarian aid to Syria managed to generate pledges of EUR 4.9 billion from donor countries, falling below both the funding needs of around EUR 7.7 billion and last year’s pledges of EUR 6.1 billion. The United States was the only large donor to pledge a higher amount this year.
The Syrian Government has published its annual report on its spending on Palestinian refugees in the country.
The annual Brussels conference on aid to Syria ended last week with a significant increase in amounts pledged by various countries.
The Syrian government assessed last week the progress of the working group tasked with producing a reconstruction programme for Syria.
In a statement through its official news agency, the UAE has highlighted the vast amount of aid it spent on Syria in the past seven years, in particular in regime-held areas.
The annual international donors conference for Syria managed to collect much less than last year and than the expectations of international agencies.
The European Union said that it will organise next spring a new conference to provide financing for Syrian refugees and displaced.
The international community has pledged to give USD 5.9 billion to offset the humanitarian impact of the war on Syria and its neighbouring countries.