Humanitarian Assistance

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for Libya Totals More Than $121 Million

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $6 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Libyan people. This funding will help address critical humanitarian needs, including aid for those displaced from Sirte. Today’s announcement brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for Libyans to more than $121 million since FY 2012.

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United States Pledges Nearly $133 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of South Sudan

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Gayle Smith announced the additional funding at the “High Level Side Event on South Sudan” on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian aid for the people of South Sudan to nearly $1.9 billion since the start of the conflict in December 2013.

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Secretary of State Kerry Calls for Syria Ceasefire at UN Security Council Session


Secretary Kerry: “There is only one choice, and it’s to get to that table with Staffan de Mistura and it is get to a negotiation and get a ceasefire so we stop the flow of refugees, stop the suffering, and provide the people of Syria with a chance to breathe, to live.”

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President Obama at Refugees Summit: “That little boy on the beach could be our son.”


President Barack Obama: “Those girls could be our daughters. That little boy on the beach could be our son. We cannot turn our backs.”

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Transcript of President Obama’s Address to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly


President Obama: “We must reject any forms of fundamentalism, or racism, or a belief in ethnic superiority that makes our traditional identities irreconcilable with modernity.”

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The United States is outraged by Attack on Humanitarian Aid Convoy in Syria

The destination of this convoy was known to the Syrian regime and the Russian federation and yet these aid workers were killed in their attempt to provide relief to the Syrian people.

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Secretary Kerry’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov (Readout)

The Secretary and Foreign Minister Lavrov reaffirmed the importance of extending and solidifying the cessation of hostilities in Syria. They agreed on the urgent need for humanitarian aid to begin flowing.

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U.S. Announces Contribution To Support Joint IOM-UNHCR Mechanism Supporting Emerging Refugee Resettlement Countries

The United States strongly urges other donors to join in supporting this important mechanism. With full funding, the ERCM could help as many as 10 countries resettle nearly 30,000 refugees over the next three years.

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U.S. and Russia Announce Plan for Peace in Syria (Transcript)

U.S. and Russia Announce Syria Agreement

Secretary Kerry: But let me be clear: out of all of this complexity there is emerging now a simple choice between war and peace; between human agony and humanitarian relief; between the continued disintegration of an ancient society and the re-birth of a united and modern nation.

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Ambassador Hamamoto at IOM’s Global Chiefs of Mission Meeting: Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Humanitarian Operations


I would like to speak with you today about trust, accountability and the steps that we, the international community, must take in order to further our efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse in humanitarian operations.

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