4th February 2016: Leaders and lead diplomats from over 70 countries met in London in a meeting dubbed ‘Supporting Syria and the region London 2016’ that is aimed to raise money for the current crisis in Syria and especially the millions of war refugees in the Middle East.
The meeting also set to address the might exodus of refugees into Europe that has created chaos in European countries.
A one-day meeting that was headlined by tight security and over 70 leaders and chief diplomats was held in London near the British Parliament. The meeting sought to raise money to deal with current chaotic exodus of refugees from the Middle East and the war in the region especially in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
The money pledged will be channeled to plans for economic and educational projects to help the 4.6 million Syrians who have sought refuge in neighboring countries including Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
According to United Nations’ Estimates, the current crisis will require at least $9 billion to mitigate the dire conditions especially in the camps set up in the neighboring countries.
Most of the leaders present advocated for economic and education frameworks set up in the region to give hope to the locals and discourage them from undertaking the long and dangerous trek across on their way to Europe.
Britain promised an additional $1.76 billion by 2020 raising its commitment to $2.57 billion by 2018, the United States will provide $900 million, and Norway pledged $1.17 billion over the next four years while Germany pledged $2.57 billion by 2018.