Governments pledge over US$1 billion to support UN Refugee Agency’s work for 2022
Donor governments pledged a record US$1.054 billion today to support UNHCR’s work in 2022, enabling it to continue lifesaving programs worldwide for millions of people who have been forced to flee. A further USD 808 million has been pledged for UNHCR’s programmes in 2023 and beyond.
“I am grateful to all our donors for this vote of confidence. This funding is vital to support refugees, internally displaced and stateless people. The strong commitment also signals solidarity with the communities and countries hosting them,” said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
“While this funding is crucial, I am afraid it will not be enough given the growing challenges we foresee in 2022 and displaced people’s needs, largely driven by conflict, climate change and COVID-19 – three scourges that the world has failed to stop,” he added. “We will need greater action in these areas if we are to turn the page on a disastrous period of proliferating violence, disease and hardship.”
UNHCR’s 2022 Global Appeal covers operations in 136 countries and territories, and is based on an approved budget of US$8.994 billion. Almost half of this reflects the cost of responding to emergencies assisting a record number of forcibly displaced people, especially in the Middle East and Africa, as well as the millions who have fled their homes in places such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Venezuela, and beyond.
In response to these and other crises, UNHCR’s key activities in 2022 focus on refugee and child protection, emergency preparedness and relief items for urgent deployment, cash assistance for the most vulnerable, health and food security, preventing and responding to gender-based violence, providing water and sanitation, nutrition support, shelter, education, livelihoods, clean energy and environmental protection as well as support for stateless people.
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