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State Department Contributes $125 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 27, 2009
January 27, 2009


The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of $125 million toward the 2009 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The contribution will support UNHCR efforts worldwide, including activities such as refugee returns to Afghanistan and Burundi; local integration and resettlement; and protection and life-saving assistance such as the provision of water, shelter, food, healthcare, and education to refugees, internally displaced persons, and other persons under UNHCR's care and protection in places like Colombia, Ecuador, Georgia, Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Sudan, Chad, Kenya, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda.

The contribution will directly support UNHCR's Annual and Supplementary Program activities as indicated below.

  • Africa
$ 65.07 million
  • Asia and Pacific
$ 15.88 million
  • Europe
$ 9.92 million
  • Global Operations
$ 7.16 million
  • North Africa/Middle East
$ 6.73 million
  • Headquarters
$ 9.87 million
  • Western Hemisphere
$ 5.5 million
  • Emergency Response activities
$ 4.87 million


$ 125.0 million



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