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Significant new pledges announced but more resources still required for children affected by the Syria crisis

NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 – UNICEF welcomes $347 million in new funding commitments to the No Lost Generation Initiative announced at a meeting held at UNICEF House today.

The new commitments by DfID, USAID, the European Union and other partners will help reduce a $585 million gap in funding for education and protection to safeguard the future of millions of children affected by the conflict in Syria, now in its fourth year.

The No Lost Generation Initiative was launched by a broad coalition of partners to address the long-term impact of the conflict, with the conviction that investment in educating the minds and healing the hearts of the children of Syria is fundamentally an investment in the future of Syria.

The new commitments include:

• $145 million from the EU for education and protection programmes in Syria and especially in the neighbouring countries.
• From USAID, a $45 million investment in education over the next four years in Lebanon and up to $45 million by 2019 to improve teaching and learning processes nationwide in public schools in Jordan.
• Up to $82 million from the UK to bolster education and protection programmes in Syria and across the region.
• In addition, Norway and Germany pledged $10 million each to the No Lost Generation initiative, while the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea respectively promised $9 million and $1 million.


About No Lost Generation
No Lost Generation is an initiative by the United Nations, international and non-governmental organizations, and governments, to alleviate the impact of the Syrian crisis on a generation of children and young people in Syria and neighbouring countries. Launched in October 2013, it aims to expand access to education, increase psychosocial support, strengthen child protection, bolster social cohesion and promote peace building so that the children of Syria can build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: https://www.unicef.org/

For further information, please contact:

Elissa Jobson, UNICEF New York, ejobson@unicef.org; +1 917 930-4521

Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, nmekki@unicef.org +1 917 209-1804




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