Monday 16 November 2015
Joint announcement from the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United Nations on the Syria Donors Conference 2016
We – the leaders of the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United Nations – are increasingly concerned about the plight of the Syrian people.
We have been at the forefront of global efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to those displaced by the conflict.
The international community has a responsibility to help the 13.5 million vulnerable and displaced people inside Syria, and the 4.2 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and we must step up our efforts.
Current funding to the 2015 UN appeals has not even reached last year’s levels – $3.3 billion against an appeal of $8.4 billion. As an international community, we must do more.
Now is the time to act. So we will together host a conference on the Syria humanitarian crisis in London in early February 2016, building on previous conferences in Kuwait.
We will invite leaders from countries around the world, NGOs and civil society to come together to:
The Syria Donors Conference will also pave the way for a broader discussion about how the international community responds to protracted crises, in advance of the UK, UN and World Bank High-Level Forum on Forced Displacement in Protracted Crises later in 2016 and the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May.
We continue to believe that a political solution is necessary to bring the Syrian conflict to an end and we commit to working with each other and international partners to achieve that and to support the development of an inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Syria.