On January 30, a delegation of senior U.S. officials will attend the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria. The delegation includes: Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Anne C. Richard; USAID Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, Nancy Lindborg; and Ambassador Robert Ford.
The delegation recently visited Turkey to review the humanitarian situation created by the violence in Syria. Assistant Secretary Richard and Assistant Administrator Lindborg continued on to Jordan, where they met with refugees, international and non-governmental organizations, and Government of Jordan officials. Ambassador Ford separately attended French-hosted meetings to discuss non-lethal support to the Syrian Opposition Coalition.
The delegation will conclude its travel in Kuwait, where members will attend the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria. The conference will be hosted by the Emir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, and chaired by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The United States will join other governments in committing additional support to help meet rising humanitarian needs as a result of the crisis.
In advance of this conference, President Obama announced on January 29 an additional $155 million in humanitarian aid to help meet the acute needs of people inside Syria and refugees across the region. This new funding includes the $10 million announced by the delegation during their visit in Turkey. This brings the United States’ total humanitarian response to the Syria crisis to $365 million to date.
The United States strongly supports the UN appeals as the most streamlined and effective way for donors to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid to help meet the growing needs of those affected by the conflict in Syria. The United States is helping to meet needs in all 14 governorates inside Syria through its significant support for the UN appeals and by partnering with non-governmental organizations.
The delegation will be tweeting from @StatePRM, @NancyLindborg, and @theOFDA during the visit. For information about this visit, please contact PRM’s Deborah Sisbarro at PRM-Press-DL@state.gov or (202) 453-9339 or USAID’s Karl Duckworth at 202-712-4320 or KDuckworth@usaid.gov.