Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
After five years of a brutal and senseless conflict over a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed and over half the population forced from their homes out of fear and want. Some 4.6 million people are barely existing in places that few can leave and aid cannot reach. A further 4.8 million people have fled the country. Syria today is a very different place – almost unrecognizable in parts – that will take generations to rebuild.
AMMAN – Thanks to a generous and timely pledge from Germany, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reinstated the full value of the electronic food vouchers it uses to provide vital support to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Syrians in Jordan in March.
ANKARA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of €40 million (US$43.8 million) from the European Union to continue and scale up vital assistance to Syrian refugees in Turkey.
ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that new funding, pledged during the “Supporting Syria and the Region Conference” in London earlier this month, will allow WFP to fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrians.
DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) delivered desperately-needed food for over 80,000 people who have been stranded in five besieged Syrian towns, in a series of UN interagency convoys that took place throughout the night and were completed this morning.
AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Jordan launched today an innovative iris scan payment system, allowing Syrian refugees living in camps to purchase food items from local shops using the scan of their eye instead of cash, vouchers or credit cards.
DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started distributing urgently needed food to people displaced by the recent surge in violence in northern Aleppo.
LONDON – At the Supporting Syria and the Region conference today, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, personally thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her government’s landmark contribution to WFP of €570 million (US$623 million) from the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) and the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
What: Syria is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and and the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference in London brings together donors, host governments, aid agencies and civil society to address immediate humanitarian relief alongside longer-term needs such as jobs, education and livelihoods.
ROME – More than 100 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a powerful joint appeal today, urging people around the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians.