UN to hold Syria pledging conference in January

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Syrian children get used to their new home in a shelter for the internally displaced in the battered city of Homs. UNHCR

A severe lack of funding is hampering the humanitarian response in Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly on Monday.

He reported that half the Syrian population—more than nine million people—need humanitarian assistance, and the situation continues to deteriorate rapidly and dramatically.

"I will be organizing a High-Level Pledging Conference for Syria in January in Kuwait. But let me be clear: you need not wait until then to provide support. The Syrian people are desperate for help today. I thank those Member States that delivered on the promises they made at this year's pledging conference, and call on all others to follow through as well." (26″)

Mr. Ban said Syria remains the biggest threat to international peace and security, and providing life-saving humanitarian assistance is one of the three fronts for UN efforts in the country.

The others are verifying the destruction of the country's chemical weapons and achieving a political solution to the ongoing crisis.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration:   1’09″

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