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Syria is the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. Billions of dollars in international aid are needed to support people caught up in the conflict.

The Supporting Syria and the Region conference brought together world leaders from around the globe to rise to the challenge of raising the money needed to help millions of people whose lives have been torn apart by the devastating civil war.

The UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, and the United Nations co-hosted the conference in London on 4 February to raise significant new funding to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of those affected.

The conference raised over US$ 12 billion in pledges – $6 billion for 2016 and a further $6.1 billion for 2017-20 to enable partners to plan ahead.

The 2016 UN inter-agency appeals for the Syria crisis are an estimated US$7.73 billion. An additional US$1.2 billion in funding is required by affected regional governments as part of national response plans. See the 2016 Syria Response Plan & 2016-17 Regional Refugee and Response Plan.

But raising billions in financial support alone will not provide a long-term solution to this protracted humanitarian disaster.

The conference also set itself ambitious goals on education and economic opportunities to transform the lives of refugees caught up in the Syrian crisis – and to support the countries hosting them.

Read the co-hosts final statement on the conference outcomes.

Read the full list of funding pledges made at the conference.

The event built on 3 previous conferences that have been generously hosted in Kuwait.

What will the Supporting Syria and the Region conference do?

At the conference, leaders from countries around the world, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the private sector and civil society came together to:

  • Raise significant new funding to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of those affected by the crisis
  • Provide access to education for all refugee and host community children by the end of the 2016-17 school year
  • Create job opportunities for refugees and host communities in neighbouring countries
  • Apply international pressure to stop obstruction and abuse, to respect humanitarian law
  • Give people inside Syria safer healthcare, safer education, and support for the most vulnerable, especially girls and women
  • Begin the international community’s work to rebuild Syria, once the conflict ends

This event alone cannot solve all these problems. Ultimately a political solution is necessary to bring the Syrian conflict to an end.

The co-hosts are committed to working with each other – and with international partners – to achieve that, and to support the development of an inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Syria.

The programme

The day was opened by speeches by the co-hosts. Thereafter, the plenary sessions were divided into pledging segments each introduced around a key theme of the Conference.

Themes included humanitarian; economic opportunities and jobs; inside Syria, including protection of civilians from harm; and education.

The plenary was broken up with more dynamic content in the form of films, video link ups, and other speakers such as NGOs and private sector representatives.

The main conference was also supported by ‘focus events’ that were structured and sequenced to feed into the plenary.

Final programme: Plenary

Final programme: Focus events

For more information please also see the Supporting Syria and the Region London 2016 – Event Concept Note (PDF)


Civil society events

There was also a NGO conference and a business event on 3 February that provided input to the main conference.

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