State Department Contributes Additional $41 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Below is an announcement from the U.S. Department of State announcing an increase in funding for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

The United States is pleased to announce its third contribution this fiscal year toward the 2012 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  With this contribution of more than $41 million, the United States is providing to-date approximately $720 million to the organization, including more than $100 million toward emergency appeals for vulnerable populations from Syria, Sudan, and Mali.  These contributions are funded through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, and help advance UNHCR initiatives worldwide.

U.S. funding will support protection and life-saving assistance as well as refugee repatriation, local integration, and resettlement.  U.S. funding supports the provision of water, shelter, food, healthcare, and education to refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other persons under UNHCR’s care and protection in countries such as South Sudan, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Chad, Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon.

The most recent contribution will support UNHCR’s Annual and Supplementary Program activities listed below:

Africa- $25.4 million
Syria Regional Response Plan – $9.6 million
Global Operations- $1.5 million
Headquarters-$2.8 million
Asia and Pacific- $1.9 million

We continue to salute the vital work of UNHCR, its many partner non-governmental organizations (NGO), and refugee-hosting countries in providing protection to displaced populations around the world.

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