Falling Short of Target, Donors Pledge $4.4 Billion for Syrian Civilians

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Global donors have pledged 4.4 billion USA dollars in aid for Syria this year and 3.4 billion U.S dollars next year and beyond, European Union (EU) Commissioner Christos Stylianides announced Wednesday.

Britain announced 450mn pounds ($630mn) for 2018 and another 300mn pounds for 2019, while Germany said it would donate more than a billion euros and the European Union pledged some 560mn euros.

Lowcock said the pledges were a "good start" and welcomed a 1bn euro German pledge and an additional £250m from the UK.

The shortfall prompted United Nations agencies to say some programmes may need to be cut.

They amounted to less than half of the $9.7 billion pledged at a similar conference past year for 2017-18. "The bitter truth is that despite all our combined efforts conditions have deteriorated", he said. "More than 12 million people have now been displaced, including more than 5.6 million refugees hosted in neighbouring countries and 6.6 million displaced inside Syria", the conference participants noted in the resolution.

Ferhan underscored the need to ensure legal and civil registration for all Syrian refugees in Jordan in order to fulfill the commitments of the Jordan Compact, commending the recent Ministry of Interior-UNHCR campaign to regularise the status of informal Syrians living outside of camps.

Some 80 countries and organizations took part in a 2-day donor conference in Brussels that wrapped up on Wednesday.

Humanitarian aid is also set to go to Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and other countries overwhelmed with some six million Syrian refugees. "[Syrian refugees and internally displaced] to study and stay alive and also to work together to bring the Syrian parties to bring them to the negotiating table". Not just for Syria, but for those border countries involved in the conflict.

European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini urged Moscow and Tehran, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's key supporters, to help bring him to the negotiating table, saying they had a duty to help wind down the war, now in its eighth year.

Staffan De Mistura, the United Nations special envoy on Syria, added that while he had not been "expecting a breakthrough" on the political front at the conference, that he was pleased "we did not have confrontation in the room". "We are looking forward to the day when we can use this material, because the reconstruction of Syria must include acknowledging, investigating and prosecuting crimes".

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