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State Department Contributes an Initial $226 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for
February 26, 2014

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC
February 25, 2014
The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of $226 million toward the 2014 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This $226 million contribution includes $119.7 million for sub-Saharan Africa, which includes contributions to the crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic previously announced earlier this year. Additional contributions will be forthcoming over the course of the year.

This year’s initial contribution, funded through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, will support UNHCR efforts worldwide. This funding includes support for refugees returning to countries such as Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo; local integration and resettlement; and protection and life-saving assistance. U.S. funding supports the provision of water, shelter, food, healthcare, and education to refugees, internally displaced persons, and other persons under UNHCR’s care and protection in countries such as Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Colombia, South Sudan, and Kenya. The contribution will support UNHCR’s program activities in the areas listed below:


Africa $ 119.7 million
Middle East $ 35.1 million
Asia and Pacific $ 46.5 million
Operational Reserve including Emergency Response activities $ 4.5 million
Global Operations $ 6.2 million
Headquarters $ 4.0 million
Europe $ 6.2 million
Western Hemisphere $ 3.8 million
TOTAL $ 226 million


This $226 million for UNHCR does not reflect the $104.7 million contribution to UNHCR for the 2014 Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP) and the 2014 Syria Regional Response Plan (RRP) that was announced at the Second International Pledging Conference for Syria in January 2014.

In FY 2013, the United States contributed more than $1 billion to UNHCR to support ongoing and emergency programs around the world, including more than $370 million in response to humanitarian needs related to the crisis in Syria. The U.S. government provided a total of more than $1.3 billion in humanitarian assistance for Syria in FY 2013.

We salute the important work of UNHCR, its many NGO partners, and refugee-hosting countries in providing protection to displaced populations around the world.