UN, partners launch $4.4 billion plan to support Syrian refugees, host countries

New York– United Nation (UN) agencies and NGO partners, on Tuesday, released a $4.4 billion plan designed to support 5.3 million refugees and 3.9 million members of host communities.

The plan is known as the 2018 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), according to a statement issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) .

“Most Syrian refugee families — and many in their host communities — fall below the poverty line and struggle to meet basic needs,” said the statement.

The plan brings together some 270 humanitarian and development partners, in support of national efforts, to ensure refugees and host communities receive the support they desperately need.

“The conflict in Syria continues to drive the largest refugee crisis in the world,” said UNHCR director for the Middle East and North Africa Bureau and Regional Refugee Coordinator for Syria and Iraq, Amin Awad.

“While we hope that a political solution is soon on the horizon, it is vital that we continue our support to Syrian refugee families whose needs and challenges increase with every passing year in displacement,” he added.

“We must recognize the tremendous efforts made by countries and communities hosting refugees from Syria, providing vital and generous support even while facing their own challenges,” said director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States, Mourad Wahba.

“3RP partners are pioneers in strengthening the link between humanitarian and development interventions which meet immediate humanitarian needs, while boosting livelihoods, expanding access to critical infrastructure and fostering community development in the longer term,” Wahba added.

Source: Jordan News Agency