From Words to Action – Reviewing the commitments made at the ‘Supporting Syria and the Region’ Conference six months on
This September an inter-agency report was released documenting the progress made since the ‘Supporting Syria and the Region’ conference held in London last February in terms of funding and policy commitments. It proposes specific recommendations to ensure its successful implementation. The report, led by Save the Children, has been signed by 48 organisations and 4 NGO platforms.
The London Conference agreed ‘a comprehensive new approach on how we respond to this protracted crisis.’ Those promises made in London have the potential to transform the lives of both refugees and vulnerable host communities in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey: the three countries hosting approximately 75 percent of refugees from Syria.
While some steps have been taken, much more needs to be done. Many of the positive policy developments already underway will take time, require sustained political will, and sufficient funding and technical capacity to come to fruition. Most importantly, without comprehensively addressing issues around the legal status and documentation of refugees, largely unaddressed in London, fulfilling the other commitments will simply not be possible.
The report urges international donors and refugee hosting countries to use the upcoming UN General Assembly 71 to ensure the promises made in London can fulfill their potential to transform the lives of refugees and vulnerable host communities in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
Copyright Danish Refugee Council, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam International and Save the Children September 2016
- NGOs platform : Alliance2015, Jordan INGO Forum (JIF), Lebanon Humanitarian INGO Forum (LHIF), Syria INGO Regional Forum (SIRF)
- Individual NGOs: ActionAid, Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), Amel Association, American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS), Basamat for Development, CAFOD, CARE International, Cooperazione e Sviluppo (CESVI), Concern Worldwide, Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Deutsche Welthungerhilfe, Diakonia, Dorcas, Economic Development Foundation (IKV), Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work (KEDV), Hand in Hand Syria, Hope for Syria, Humedica, International Blue Crescent Relief and Development Foundation (IBC), International Medical Corps (IMC), International Rescue Committee (IRC), INTERSOS, Karam Foundation, Khayr, Médecins du Monde (MdM), Mercy Corps, Norwegian People Aid – Lebanon (NPA), Norwegian Refuge Council (NRC), NuDay Syria, Oxfam, Phenix Center for Economic and Informatics Studies, Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI),
People in Need (PIN), QuestScope, Research Center for Asylum and Migration (IGAM), Save the Children, SAWA for Development and Aid, Sonbola Group for Education and Development, Syrian American Medical Society Foundation (SAMS), Syrian Community Network, Syria Relief and Development, Terre des Hommes – Italia, UDA Consulting, United Cities Local Governments Middle
East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA), WATAN, World Vision International