Briefing note

Syria INGO Regional Forum recommendations pertaining to the Syria crisis for the UN General Assembly

Published 20. Sep 2019
As the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly takes place, the conflict in northwest Syria continues to rage, serving as a reminder that the Syria crisis is far from over.

Nine years of war have left 11.7 million people inside Syria in need of humanitarian assistance, 6.2 million internally displaced, and 5.6 million forced to flee to neighboring countries. Those neighboring countries continue to feel the burden that hosting millions of refugees has had on their communities, systems, and infrastructure.

Six months after the third Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the region, and less than a year since the UN General Assembly affirmed the Global Compact on Refugees, there is a deeply worrying deterioration in the asylum space for many refugees and a dramatic increase in deportations. States must renew their commitment to supporting the Syrian people through diplomatic and humanitarian efforts as well as fulfilling their commitments made during the third Brussels conference and as part of the Global Compact on Refugees to predictable and equitable responsibility sharing.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) is currently funded at 33 per cent and the Syria Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) at 52 per cent. The Syria INGO Regional Forum (SIRF) thanks member states for their continued financial support to the Syria response through their commitments to the Syrian HRP and the 3RP. In light of the current context in both Syria and neighboring countries, it is critical for member states to fulfill their funding commitments. It is vital there is flexible and multi-year support for all three pillars of the HRP, ensuring that people in need can receive effective humanitarian support according to their needs.

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