G7, Gulf States Pledge $1.8bn For UN Refugee Aid

The United Nations is struggling to help some 60 million people displaced by conflict, the highest number since the end of World War II.

The United Nations is struggling to help some 60 million people displaced by conflict, the highest number since the end of World War II.

The United Nations is struggling to help some 60 million people displaced by conflict, the highest number since the end of World War II.

The G7 group of leading economies, European countries and Gulf states pledged $1.8bn in funding for UN aid agencies struggling with the worst refugee crisis in 70 years. The commitment came after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders at the opening of the General Assembly debate that UN humanitarian agencies were “broke.” ” We have agreed to provide together $1.8bn for the international aid organizations of the United Nations, especially the UN refugee agency and the World Food Program,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters. The pledge was announced after a meeting of foreign ministers of the G7- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States- with their counterparts from Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Separately at the United Nations, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a $1.5 billion commitment by Japan to help counter the growing Middle East refugee crisis. It would include $810 million to assist refugees from and within Syria and Iraq and $750 million for peace building in the Middle East and Africa. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Gueterres thanked donor countries for stepping up with financial contributions. ” We were financially broke,” he said adding: “The generosity of the international community has not diminished” over the past few years, with donations actually on the rise.

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