Norway to host international donor conference for Syrian refugees
Sept.17, Oslo: Norway has offered to host an international donor conference for Syrian refugees, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the initiative.
Solberg said, ‘‘the conflict in Syria has created the largest refugee crisis in our time. The international community must step up its efforts to help refugees and civilians in need in Syria and the neighbouring countries."
Nearly 8 million people displaced due to conflict in Syria. At the same time, Syria’s neighbouring countries have received more than 4 million refugees. Securing adequate facilities for refugees in areas closes to Syria requires considerable resources. Only 37 percent of the funding the UN has appealed for to provide emergency relief for Syria has been provided.
‘We now need to make an extraordinary international effort. Through this initiative, we hope to mobilise more funding to support the Syrian refugees and the host communities in the neighbouring countries, as well as enhancing humanitarian efforts within Syria,’ says Norway's Minister of Finance Siv Jensen.
The Oslo Times