Finland to Host UN Humanitarian Conference on Syria

Geneva, Finland will host a conference on the humanitarian situation in Syria on January 23 and 24, in a bid to launch a refugee aid plan for 2017 and 2018, the United Nations announced.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the event will be attended by government representatives, UN agencies, donors and the private sector.

“Finland will bring together key humanitarian and development stakeholders on 23 and 24 January in Helsinki to discuss the response to the protracted crisis in Syria and neighboring countries, now into its sixth year,” UN spokesman Jens Laerke told reporters at the UN in Geneva.

“We hope the conference will address the priorities and challenges of assistance to victims of nearly six years of conflict in Syria. The conference will focus on key humanitarian priorities inside Syria, where over 13.5 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance; strengthening protection for the more than 4.8 million refugees from Syria now in neighboring countries; and building resilience inside Syria as well as for the more than 4.4 million vulnerable people in neighboring countries,” Learke said.

The Helsinki forum will not only address the Syrian crisis, but also its regional impact, he added.

Also participating in the conference will be Stephen O’Brien, OCHA under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, and Filippo Grandi, UN high commissioner for refugees, Learke said.

Source: Qatar News Agency