For more than four years the international community has been challenged to respond effectively to the deepening Syria crisis and its impacts within Syria and across neighboring countries.
What is needed most urgently is a political solution, and the United Nations and partners are working tirelessly towards that.
At the same time, as an international community we have a responsibility to ensure that no effort is spared to help people and communities cope with the crisis even as it unfolds. The United Nations and our partners have supported life-saving humanitarian assistance by providing food, water and shelter to as many people affected as we can.
However, people need more than life-saving assistance, especially in the case of such a protracted crisis. They also need to maintain livelihoods, education, access to healthcare, and more. People need to preserve hope for the future and to be ready to recover from this devastating crisis, to regain social cohesion, and to resume progress as soon as they can.
This is the essence of what we call resilience at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a cornerstone of our response to the Syria crisis and an approach that is increasingly gaining support across the international community.
The resilience-based approach to the Syria crisis finds strong resonance in the Syria Strategic Response Plan (SRP), which outlines work in support of people inside Syria; and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) which guides work in neighboring countries in support of refugees and the local communities hosting them.
Together these plans require USD 8.4 billion in funding, and partners pledged USD 3.6 billion for their implementation at the Third International Pledging Conference in Response to the Syria Crisis, hosted by Kuwait in March, 2015.
However, only the full financing of these plans will allow the United Nations and our partners to achieve the maximum impact for the most affected communities; thus we must continue to mobilize support for this urgent work.
As a lead agency on the ground across the region, UNDP plays a strong role in implementing the resilience-based response. This document outlines the programmes and projects of UNDP in this regard. I urge our partners to consult this information in detail and to confirm their commitment at a time when this region needs support more than ever.