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Record in Aid Pledges Made at Syria Event

Magazine article Public Finance

Record in Aid Pledges Made at Syria Event

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A conference to rally international support to help people affected by the Syrian crisis saw £7.7bn made in pledges, the most ever for a humanitarian appeal in a single day.

The Supporting Syria and the Region conference, attended by world leaders and held in London on 4 February, saw the UK increase its pledge to 2020 by £1.2bn, including £510m for 2016.

International development secretary Justine Greening described the amount pledged as a "phenomenal, recordbreaking total" for Syria, which is experiencing a growing humanitarian crisis due to a near six-year civil war.

The conference was held before global powers agreed to seek a nationwide "cessation of hostilities" in Syria as PF went to press.

Appeals made by the United Nations for 2016 alone require an estimated £5.36bn, while affected regional governments need a further £83m this year as part of national response plans. Of the £7.7bn raised at the conference, £4bn was for 2016. …

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