US, UK, EU, UNHCR to host Rohingya donor conference
The US, UK, EU, and UN refugee agency said Thursday they will co-host a virtual donor conference on Oct. 22 to promote support for Rohingya refugees and host countries.
There is a significant funding gap in the international response to the crisis this year, with contributions to date covering less than half of what is needed.
The co-hosts will call on the international community
to provide much-needed funding to assist Rohingya refugees, host
communities, and internally displaced people in Myanmar, they said in a
joint statement released by the US.
"The United States is
proud to stand with the UK, the EU, and the UN High Commissioner for
Refugees as partners in leading this call to sustain the international
crisis response to assist Rohingya refugees and other displaced people,
as well as strengthen investment in affected host communities," said
Stephen Biegun, the US deputy secretary of state.
He said the US is the world's most generous donor and is a catalyst for the international humanitarian response.
with the Rohingya people means more than just meeting their basic
needs. Refugees, like everyone else, have a right to a life of dignity
and the chance to build a safe and stable future,” said Filippo Grandi,
the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
At the virtual
conference, they will urge countries to increase assistance for Rohingya
refugees, host communities, and internally displaced people in Myanmar,
more than three years since the latest phase of the crisis began in
The UN has appealed for more than $1 billion in
aid to meet the humanitarian needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
this year, but so far, less than half has been contributed.
A significant funding gap remains, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
conference aims to raise urgently needed funds to help vulnerable
displaced Rohingya living in and outside of their native Myanmar.
The funds raised are also expected to support critical services in host communities throughout South and Southeast Asia.
conference will be an opportunity for the co-hosts to reiterate that
any sustainable solution to this crisis must include the voluntary,
safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees and other
displaced people to their homes or to a place of their choosing.
this respect, the co-hosts will repeat the Secretary General's call for
a global ceasefire and the cessation of fighting to enable safe and
unimpeded humanitarian access to all communities in need of assistance,"
the statement said.
The Rohingya, described by the UN as the
world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack
since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.