Syria crisis

Minister Müller at World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

Germany is delivering on its aid commitments

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Minister for Development Gerd Müller at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

Press release of 23.05.2016 |

Istanbul – In the midst of the Syrian refugee crisis, the United Nations is holding the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in order to make headway on efforts to dovetail short-term emergency aid more closely with long-term development work, thus giving people opportunities for a better life after the end of a crisis. At the conference, which will be attended by some 5,000 international participants, Germany will be represented by Federal Chancellor Merkel, Development Minister Müller and Foreign Minister Steinmeier.

Minister Müller: "We are leading the way and sending a strong signal. We are keeping our promises. We have already commissioned delivery on more than 70 per cent of our pledges for the Syrian crisis. Our support for the crisis region is comprehensive, quick, and above all reliable. Other donors should follow suit now and deliver on their pledges as well. People in the world's crisis regions must be able to count on the aid that has been promised. They need protection, food, shelter, and opportunities for the future. Even more importantly, we must engage in targeted prevention work to make sure that humanitarian disasters do not emerge in the first place."

At the Syria conference in London in February, Germany made the largest bilateral pledge. Of the 2.3 billion euros pledged, 850 million comes from the budget of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In view of the Syrian crisis, Germany has switched to a frontloading system for its disbursement mechanism, enabling aid agencies to receive promised funding early on, thus giving them predictability for their work in the countries concerned. 

The BMZ is also operating a cash-for-work programme in Turkey, Jordan, northern Iraq and Lebanon in order to give Syrian refugees a chance to meet their needs through their own efforts. "Rather than making people dependent on aid, we provide options and opportunities for the refugees and for their host communities," said Minister Müller.

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