Refugee summit leaders seek $4.5bln increase in Global Humanitarian Funding

Refugee summit leaders seek $4.5bln increase in Global Humanitarian Funding

World leaders at a United Nations summit sought to increase aid for refugees by $4.5 billion while doubling the number of those resettled, a joint statement issued by the White House said on Tuesday. 

"In order to mobilize more substantial and sustainable funding for UN humanitarian appeals and other international humanitarian organizations, and provide further support to countries hosting large numbers of refugees, we sought a $3 billion increase in global humanitarian financing and commitments to maintain funding in future years,” Sputnik cited the statement as saying.

US President Barack Obama said 32 countries that participated in the summit had collectively increased their contributions to humanitarian groups and UN appeals this year by some $4.5 billion.

There were also pledges to increase the number of refugees in school by some 1 million globally.

Co-hosts of the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, which US President Barack Obama presided over, were Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Jordan, Mexico and Sweden. 

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