Donors pledge $1b to support UNHCR

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AMMAN — Donor governments pledged a record $1.054 billion Tuesday to support the UNHCR’s work in 2022, enabling it to continue lifesaving programs worldwide for millions of people who have been forced to flee. A further $808 million has been pledged for the UNHCR’s programs in 2023 and beyond.اضافة اعلان

“I am grateful to all our donors for this vote of confidence. This funding is vital to support refugees, internally displaced and stateless people. The strong commitment also signals solidarity with the communities and countries hosting them,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said.

“While this funding is crucial, I am afraid it will not be enough given the growing challenges we foresee in 2022 and displaced people’s needs, largely driven by conflict, climate change, and COVID-19 — three scourges that the world has failed to stop,” he added. “We will need greater action in these areas if we are to turn the page on a disastrous period of proliferating violence, disease and hardship.”

The UNHCR’s 2022 Global Appeal covers operations in 136 countries and territories, and is based on an approved budget of $8.994 billion. Almost half of this reflects the cost of responding to emergencies assisting a record number of forcibly displaced people, especially in the Middle East and Africa, as well as the millions who have fled their homes in places such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Venezuela, and beyond.

In response to these and other crises, the UNHCR’s key activities in 2022 focus on refugee and child protection, emergency preparedness and relief items for urgent deployment, cash assistance for the most vulnerable, health and food security, preventing and responding to gender-based violence, providing water and sanitation, nutrition support, shelter, education, livelihoods, clean energy and environmental protection as well as support for stateless people.

Despite the continued rising trend in forced displacement — there were 84 million forcibly displaced people at the beginning of 2021, and the UNHCR’s planning and budgeting for 2022 is against a projected increase in this number in 2022 — there are some glimmers of hope.

Progress has also been made in the inclusion of refugees, displaced and stateless people in national health, education and social protection systems, in spite of the debilitating impact of the pandemic. Governments have made pledges to this end through the Global Compact on Refugees and these must continue to be resourced. “In addition to humanitarian aid, it is important that the international community builds on the progress made over the past years and provides even more bilateral development support to countries and communities hosting large numbers of refugees,” said Grandi.

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