12th Syria Top Donors Group Meeting in LebanonJan 26, 2018
24 January 2018
BEIRUT LEBANON - With support from Qatar the 12th Top Donor Group for Syria was held in Beirut. On 23 January 2018, the UN Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy, Dr. Ahmed Al Meraikhi, convened a field visit of the Top Donors’ Group for Syria to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. During this field visit the members witness refugees entering the UNHCR Reception Centre in Zahle, met with families at the Taanayel informal settlement, saw young children learning at a school in Al Marj and heard from the host communities through a discussion with the Bekaa mayors in Ghazze. This was followed by a roundtable discussion with INGOs, NGOs and UN agencies to understand the regional response to the refugee crisis, challenges and relevant issues. The day ended with a meeting with H.E. Mr. Mouin Merheby, Lebanese Minister of State for Displaced Affairs highlighting the immense challenges facing Lebanon as the conflict in Syria enters its 8th year.
On 24 January 2018, the UN Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy, Dr. Ahmed Al Meraikhi, chaired the 12th meeting of the Top Donors’ Group for Syria. This is the first meeting to take place alongside a field visit to one of the neighbouring countries. The Top Donors’ Group for Syria was established following the 2nd International Pledging Conference for Syria, in 2014, with the aim of creating a platform for major donors to discuss issues related to ensuring disbursement of pledges and to strengthen the humanitarian dialogue with donors. Over the last three years the group has been instrumental in ensuring financial and policy commitments made at the Syria conferences are disbursed and in advocating additional resources. At present, the Top Donors’ Group has 14 members – Canada, Denmark, European Commission, Germany, Japan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America. These members are supported by the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, UNHCR and UNDP.
Of the US$6bn in funding pledged at the Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region Brussels Conference on the 5th of April 2017, US$5.44bn has been dispersed by the international community. With the pending release of the Humanitarian Response Plan expected to be more than $3bn and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan requiring $4.4bn, 2018 is expected to be a record- breaking year both in terms of those in need of humanitarian assistance but also in terms of the world’s response and humanitarian funding required. The 12th meeting of the Top Donors’ Group for Syria meeting closed with the announcement of the second Brussels conference to take place from 24-25 April 2018 in Belgium.
Following the Top Donor Group meeting, the members met with H.E. Mr. Pierre Bou Assi, Minister of Social Affairs highlighting the successful partnerships between host communities, NGOs, the Lebanese government, INGOs and the UN while also pointing out the challenges facing host countries.Contact information
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