US: American govt contributes US$421 million to support refugees' globally

New York, US (PANA) - The US government  On Thursday announced an initial contribution of US$421 million of humanitarian assistance toward the 2016 global appeal for the Office of the
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  

A US State Department statement made available to PANA in New York, stated: "This brings
the total US Government contribution to UNHCR to nearly US$698 million to date in 2016. Additional US contributions in support of UNHCR’s invaluable work on behalf of refugees
will be forthcoming over the course of this year."

It noted that the international community is currently witnessing a refugee crisis of global proportions, saying: "As more than a million people made dangerous journeys across
the sea into Europe this past year, millions more refugees in countries around the world continue to hope for a brighter future and a more promising path to a better life."

"This year’s initial contribution, funded through the Department of State’s Bureau of
Population, Refugees, and Migration, will support UNHCR efforts worldwide. This
contribution will also support the protection, local integration, and resettlement
efforts of refugees from countries such as Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic
of Congo.

"US humanitarian aid will also support the life-saving provision of water, shelter,
food, healthcare, and education to millions of refugees, internally displaced persons,
and other persons under UNHCR’s care and protection in countries such as Iraq,
Yemen, Pakistan, Colombia, South Sudan, and Kenya," it said.

The statement also noted that, the US$421 million announced today (Thursday) is
in addition to the US$191 million contribution to UNHCR for their Syria operations
announced earlier this year by US Secretary John Kerry at the "Supporting Syria
and the Region Conference" in London.

It recalled that In 2015, the US contributed more than US$1.3 billion to UNHCR
to support continuing and emergency programs around the world. This
included nearly US$352 million to UNHCR for the continuing role it plays in
responding to the Syria crisis.

The US government further said that the world faces enormous challenges
today, as millions of refugees seek the dignity and safety that can only be
achieved through an unprecedented global response.  

"That is why the United States strongly encourages other governments to
contribute to UNHCR’s 2016 Global Appeal, which is currently only 25
per cent funded.  

"We salute the important work of UNHCR, the many NGOs with which it
works, and countries hosting refugees around the world," it concluded.
-0- PANA AA 14April2016

14 april 2016 19:59:18




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