UN prepares for pledging conference for Syria

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The United Nations says it's working hard to ensure that a pledging conference for Syria scheduled to be held in Kuwait in mid January is a success.

The conference is aimed at rallying international financial support to meet the basic humanitarian needs of  more than 9 million Syrians as the conflict continues in their country.

Valerie Amos, the head of the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) says everyday that passes leads to a further deterioration in the situation.

"We on the humanitarian side can only do so much. We are doing our utmost to support the children, women and men affected by this bloody conflict. The funding that we need is unprecedented. On the 15th of this month, the Secretary-General will chair the Second Kuwait Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, hosted by the Emir of Kuwait. We are working hard to make that event a success." (28").

Ms. Amos added that in mid-December the United Nations launched an appeal for $6.5 billion to help Syrians this year, the largest ever appeal for a single humanitarian emergency.

The UN estimates that 6.5 million Syrians are displaced within the country and over 2.2 million have sought refuge in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 1'28"

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