In today’s political-humanitarian briefing on Syria at the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, announced more than $756 million dollars in additional humanitarian aid to continue our unwavering support for the Syrian people. This funding is in addition to the nearly $808 million announced by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield in Brussels earlier in the year. Thanks to the generosity of the American people, the US government has provided nearly $15.7 billion in humanitarian assistance since the start of the 11-year Syrian crisis. U.S. assistance benefits many of the 14.6 million people inside Syria who need humanitarian assistance, as well as 5.6 million Syrian refugees and generous host communities in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.
The United States stressed the importance of unhindered access for humanitarian actors throughout Syria. We strongly support the implementation of all aspects of UN Security Council Resolution 2642, including the unimpeded flow of aid. The UN’s cross-border humanitarian aid mechanism is a lifeline for millions of people inside Syria, and its continued functioning is paramount to their survival. Cross-border deliveries ensure that life-saving aid, including food, medicine and other relief supplies, reaches people in northwestern Syria, who depend on this aid to survive. We appreciate the countries that continue to generously welcome Syrian refugees and highlighted the danger and US policy against premature or forced returns of refugees to Syria prohibited by international law.
The United States remains the world’s largest humanitarian donor to the Syrian people. The aid announced today will help humanitarian partners provide clean water, food, hygiene and relief supplies, shelter, protection services and essential health and nutrition assistance. After more than a decade of conflict, the needs of displaced Syrians remain dire. The international community must come together to ensure continuity of funding so that life-saving aid reaches the most vulnerable.
The United States will continue to work with our allies and partners to achieve a solution to the Syrian conflict in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254. Only a political solution can end more than a decade of loss and suffering in Syria and give all Syrians the security, stability and prosperity they deserve. The support of the United States for the Syrian people remains unwavering.