People in need of humanitarian assistance 13M
People in acute need of humanitarian assistance 5.2M
Internally displaced people (as of August) 6.2M
Returnees (January – December 2018) 1.4 M
People in need in UN-declared hardto-reach areas 1.1M
HRP 2018 FUNDING
3.36 billion requested (US$)
Record US$7 Billion Pledged in Brussels
A record US$7 billion was pledged for this year at the third “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” conference in Brussels from 12-14 March 2019, with expectations of similar funding as last year for the response to needs inside Syria.
Building upon the previous conferences, Brussels III renewed and strengthened the commitment of the international community to support the Syrian people, the neighbouring countries and the communities most affected by the conflict. The conference brought together 78 delegations, including 56 states, 11 regional organisations and international financial institutions, as well as 11 UN agencies.
The UN coordinates two international appeals in response to the Syria crisis. The 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for inside Syria requires US$3.33 billion, while the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) requires $5.5 billion this year.
With the Syrian conflict now entering its ninth year, staggering humanitarian needs persist. An estimated 11.7 million Syrians are in urgent need of life saving humanitarian and protection assistance, while over 5.6 million Syrian refugees are displaced outside the country.
With an estimated 6.2 million people internally displaced in the country, people’s resources are increasingly depleted, and over eight in 10 people in the country now live below the poverty line.
Every day, families are faced with impossible choices between putting food on the table, accessing healthcare or sending their children to school. Meanwhile, the risk of further escalation of hostilities in Idleb and surrounding areas in Syria’s northwest remains of very serious concern. Humanitarian organizations also continue to respond to humanitarian situations in Rukban and the north-east.
For 2019, the UN and humanitarian partners are calling for $3.33 billion to provide critical life-saving and life-sustaining assistance to 11.7 million Syrians this year. After over eight years of hardship and violence, the scale, severity and complexity of humanitarian needs in Syria remains. Lives can be saved and improved when the funding is in place. In 2018 humanitarian organizations received $2.3 billion under the HRP and reached an average of 5.5 million people each month.
The conference also focused on the solidarity of countries and communities hosting Syrian refugees, and the challenges they face in the medium and long-term. Particular attention was also given to the perspectives of Syrian women.
Building on the successful model of last year, this year’s Days of Dialogue was an unprecedented effort to bring to Brussels hundreds of representatives of Syrian, regional and international nongovernmental organizations and civil society. The first one-and-a-half days of the conference was devoted to a dialogue between these representatives and relevant ministers/principles and decision makers from countries neighbouring Syria, donor countries and UN agencies.
Speaking at the opening of the conference, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, thanked donors for their generous contributions last year and remained hopeful for similar funding this year. “Without continued funding, humanitarian activities would be interrupted, cutting deliveries of life-saving food, water, health, shelter and protection,” he said.