What: UNICEF delegation to the 2nd High Level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait City
Who: Yoka Brandt, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Director of Emergencies, New York Headquarters
When: Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 9:00am to 6:00 pm
Where: Bayan Palace, Kuwait City
Why: The humanitarian situation in Syria and the conditions for refugees in neighbouring countries continue to deteriorate. More than 9 million Syrians now need assistance, at least half of them children. The 2nd Pledging Conference for Syria aims to rally international financial support to meet the basic humanitarian needs of these millions of Syrians. It will be held on 15 January 2014 in Kuwait City and will be chaired by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and hosted by the Emir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah.
A high-level UNICEF delegation led by Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt will attend the conference.
Background: Since the beginning of the crisis in 2011, UNICEF has stepped up its response inside Syria and in the countries where Syrians have sought refuge. In 2013, UNICEF provided more than 10 million people with clean drinking water, vaccinated more than 5 million children against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, enrolled more than 570,000 children in schools and remedial classes and provided 870,000 children with psycho- social support. UNICEF and its partners are currently involved in the biggest polio campaign ever mounted in the Middle East, to vaccinate 23 million children against the disease.
Earlier this month, UNICEF and partners launched the “No Lost Generation” initiative to increase the number of children enrolled in schools and other learning programmes, and to provide protection services for Syrian children affected by the crisis.
To be able to continue providing all this urgent assistance to millions of Syrian children funding must be immediately provided.
To meet the increasing needs of the Syria crisis in 2014, UNICEF is seeking funds totaling $US 835 million.
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