Humanitarian Coalition welcomes steps in right direction with respect to Syrian refugees
The Government of Canada’s announcements this week relating to the Syrian Refugee Crisis were welcome news for the Humanitarian Coalition and its members.
The $100 million to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in addition to the recommitment to matching donations from Canadians up to $100 million, is much needed as Syrian refugees prepare for winter.
In addition, the government’s focus on the most vulnerable refugees in its resettlement plan aligns with humanitarian priorities and shows a strong commitment to processing refugee claimants in line with its international obligations.
These are significant steps in the right direction and build on the Government of Canada’s promise to increase its international leadership role. Nevertheless, until the situation in Syria is resolved, the refugee crisis will not improve.
We therefore encourage the Government of Canada to increase its diplomatic engagement, to demand an end to abuses against women and children, to press for unhindered humanitarian access, to reignite the global effort to assert the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict agenda and to work to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
About the Humanitarian Coalition
The Humanitarian Coalition Canada’s only joint fundraising approach to humanitarian response, is a “one-stop-shop for all Canadians during times of international humanitarian crises. The seven member agencies, present in more than 150 countries around the world, work together to reduce competition, inform the public on humanitarian needs, increase the impact of Canadian humanitarian responses and minimize administrative costs. Together, saving more lives.