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Gulf states pledge US$1.8b for UN humanitarian refugee response #UNHCR #WFP

Gulf states pledge US$1.8b for UN humanitarian refugee response #UNHCR #WFP

UNITED NATIONS: The G7 group of leading economies and Gulf states pledged US$1.8 billion in funding Tuesday (Sep 29) for UN aid agencies helping Syrian refugees. The commitment came after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders at the opening of the General Assembly debate that UN humanitarian agencies were "broke." "We have agreed to provide together US$1.8 billion for the international aid organizations of the United Nations, especially the UN refugee agency and the World Food Program," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters. The pledge was announced after a meeting of foreign ministers of the G7 - Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States - with their counterparts from Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other European ministers. The United Nations is struggling to help some 60 million ...

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