Slovenia fulfils its pledge to allocate humanitarian assistance for Syria
Slovenia has allocated a humanitarian contribution in the amount of EUR 50,000 to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The funds will be used to help meet the humanitarian needs of refugees and the internally displaced population in Syria. With this contribution, Slovenia fully honoured its commitment from the ministerial conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region held in Brussels in March 2019.
The humanitarian situation in Syria is still causing concern. According to UNOCHA data, more than 11 million people require humanitarian assistance, almost 5 million of whom are children. The humanitarian situation has worsened during the past six months, severely affecting the population. Over 6 million internally displaced persons are suffering from a shortage of basic provisions and adequate housing. Furthermore, the region still provides shelter for 5.5 million refugees – almost half of them are children.
At the 2019 ministerial conference, Slovenia pledged humanitarian assistance of EUR 100,000 for Syria. A contribution of EUR 50,000 was issued through the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2019, and the same amount through the UNHCR in 2020. The allocated funds complement the bilateral projects by ITF – Enhancing Human Security, and Slovenian NGO’s providing assistance to the Syrian population in Syria and refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.