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 MEDIA ADVISORY

What:     The Supporting Syria and the Region conference will bring together world leaders from around the globe to rise to the challenge of raising the money needed to help millions of people whose lives have been torn apart by the devastating war.

Who:          Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

When:      Thursday 4 February 2016

Where:     London, England

Why:         The 2016 UN inter-agency appeal for the Syria crisis totaled US$7.73 billion. An additional US$1.2 billion in funding is required by affected regional governments as part of national response plans. The London conference will set itself ambitious goals on education and economic opportunities to transform the lives of refugees caught up in the Syrian crisis – and to support the countries hosting them.

UNICEF is a  founding partner of the No Lost Generation Initiative, which brings together the UN, NGOs and international donors with the aim to get children back into learning, expand learning space and provide a protective environment for children and young people, whether in Syria or in neighbouring countries.

In total, US$ 1.4 billion is needed for each of the next five school years to bring children back to learning, protect others who are at risk of dropping out, expand safe and inclusive learning environments, recruit teachers, improve the quality of education, and support technical, vocational and life-skills opportunities for youth and adolescents.

Links:    No Lost Generation Website: http://nolostgeneration.org/

Reaching Children Affected By the Syria Crisis Report 2016 in English and Arabic

Syria Crisis Education Strategic Paper 2016: http://uni.cf/1ND5buX

For further information and interview requests:

Simon INGRAM, singram@unicef.org, +962-79-590-4740

Juliette TOUMA, jtouma@unicef.org, +962-79-867-4628

 

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