Humanitarian Assistance

Secretary Kerry: Remarks with UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura

Secretary Kerry and UN Envoy de Mistura

Remarks With UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura after Their Meeting Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State President Wilson Hotel Geneva, Switzerland May 2, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good afternoon, everybody. I’m very appreciative to Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy to Syria, for his tremendous work and his efforts over the last months […]

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Secretary Kerry Remarks With Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir Before Their Meeting


Secretary Kerry: There were a lot of conversations taking place yesterday, the day before, today, and we’re getting closer to a place of understanding. But we have some work to do, and that’s why we’re here.

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Secretary Kerry: Remarks With Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh Before Their Meeting

I think we both want to emphasize the seriousness of the situation with respect to the cessation of hostilities. And we are talking directly with the Russians even now.

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Secretary Kerry’s Calls With UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and General Coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee Riyad Hijab

The Secretary expressed his deep concern about the deteriorating situation in Aleppo, where the Assad regime continues to escalate the conflict by predominantly targeting innocent civilians and parties to the cessation of hostilities — not Nusra, as the regime falsely claims. Such attacks are direct violations of the cessation and must stop immediately.

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United States to Announce $25 Million in Funding for World Bank’s New Financing Initiative

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will announce $25 million in intended U.S. funding for the World Bank’s new financing initiative to support the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region today at World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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United States Provides Additional $29 Million in Humanitarian Assistance for Malian Regional Crisis

This funding will support the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Program (WFP), and other international organizations in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger to provide essential protection and assistance, such as health, food, water, livelihoods, and education.

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The United States Contributes $421 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of nearly $421 million of humanitarian assistance toward the 2016 global appeal for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This brings the total U.S. Government contribution to UNHCR to nearly $698 million to date in FY 2016.

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Supporting the Safe Return of Those Kidnapped and Abused by Boko Haram

As we approach the second anniversary of the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school in Chibok, the United States again calls for the immediate release, without preconditions, of all hostages held by Boko Haram. The kidnapping of these young women, along with the kidnappings of countless others by Boko Haram, epitomizes this terrorist group’s depravity.

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Secretary Kerry Announces Humanitarian Assistance to Help Displaced and Conflict-Affected Iraqis

Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing nearly $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance to displaced and conflict-affected Iraqis within Iraq and throughout the region who are in urgent need of support. This new funding brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Iraq humanitarian response to more than $778 million since the start of Fiscal Year 2014.

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The United States Announces Additional Pledges in Support of Syrian Refugees


The United States joins UNHCR in calling for new ways nations, civil society, the private sector, and individuals can together address the global refugee challenge. The United States encourages other countries to consider expanding resettlement and other forms of admissions for all refugee populations, ensuring that more of those in need have the opportunity to start their lives anew in safety and with dignity.

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