UNHCR encouraged by US$ 477.5 million initial donor response to 2010 appeal

Press Releases, 8 December 2009

Tuesday 8 October 2009

Geneva, December 08 (UNHCR) Donors today committed an initial US$ 477.5 million towards the UN refugee agency's US$ 3 billion funding appeal for 2010, its largest ever such request and aimed at meeting the basic needs of a growing number of persons under its care.

The commitments came on Tuesday during UNHCR's annual pledging conference in Geneva, where High Commissioner António Guterres asked donors to fund a US$ 3.007 billion requirement.

The 2010 funding appeal is based on the most comprehensive assessment to date of the needs of persons under UNHCR's care. The budget is to help more than 34 million refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless and internally displaced persons in 118 countries. Donors commended UNHCR on this new approach.

"In the present circumstances and taking into account the extremely complex financial environment that we have around the world, I think we need to feel very happy with the level of support that these pledges have shown, and I would like to express my very, very strong appreciation for that", UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told delegates at the conference.

These early pledges are particularly critical for ongoing operations in Afghanistan, Chad, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Sudan.

Of the requested US$ 3 billions, US$ 2.1 billion will be devoted to refugee programmes, with the aim of providing protection and for activities including adequate housing, ensuring sufficient clean water, proper sanitation facilities, as well as to upgrade and widen access to health and education services. The rest of the 2010 budget will be to meet the needs of a growing number of internally displaced people and stateless persons as well as for reintegration projects.

While acknowledging the initial contributions, Mr. Guterres added: "We will be counting a lot on your generosity during the year to be able to come as close as possible to the global needs assessment indications that we had". He also welcomed progress made in 2009 in increasing donations from the private sector, as well as from States in the Persian Gulf whose financial support was essential to funding many operations this year.





Governments, organisations and individuals who fund UNHCR's activities.

Kuwaiti Funds Provide Vital Medical Aid for Syrians in Lebanon

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The UN refugee agency has just renewed its appeal for funds to help meet the needs of tens of thousands of Malian refugees and almost 300,000 internally displaced people. The funding UNHCR is seeking is needed, among other things, for the provision of supplementary and therapeutic food and delivery of health care, including for those suffering from malnutrition. This is one of UNHCR's main concerns in the Mbera refugee camp in Mauritania, which hosts more than 70,000 Malians. A survey on nutrition conducted last January in the camp found that more than 13 per cent of refugee children aged under five suffer from acute malnutrition and more than 41 per cent from chronic malnutrition. Several measures have been taken to treat and prevent malnutrition, including distribution of nutritional supplements to babies and infants, organization of awareness sessions for mothers, increased access to health facilities, launch of a measles vaccination campaign and installation of better water and sanitation infrastructure. Additional funding is needed to improve the prevention and response mechanisms. UNHCR appealed last year for US$144 million for its Mali crisis operations in 2013, but has received only 32 per cent to date. The most urgent needs are food, shelter, sanitation, health care and education.

The photographs in this set were taken by Bechir Malum.

UNHCR and Partners Tackle Malnutrition in Mauritania Camp

Iraqi Refugees in Syria: 2,000 New Arrivals Daily

The UN refugee agency is increasingly alarmed over the continuing violence in Iraq and distressed about the lack of an international humanitarian response to deal with the massive numbers of people being displaced. After an assessment mission in November last year, UNHCR officials warned that the agency was facing an even larger humanitarian crisis than it had prepared for in 2002-03. But UNHCR and other organisations are sorely lacking in funds to cope with the growing numbers of displaced.

In an effort to fill the massive gap in funding, UNHCR in January 2007 launched a US$60 million appeal to cover its protection and assistance programmes for Iraqi refugees in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey, as well as non Iraqi refugees and internally displaced people within strife torn Iraq.

The longer the Iraq conflict goes on, the more difficult it will become for the hundreds of thousands of displaced and the communities that are trying to help them – both inside and outside Iraq. Because the burden on host communities and governments in the region is enormous, it is essential that the international community support humanitarian efforts.

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