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Record $10 billion pledged in humanitarian aid for Syria at UN co-hosted conference in London

An international conference on war-torn Syria in London pledged a record $10 billion after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laid out three main objectives: raising $7 billion in immediate humanitarian aid, mustering long-term support, and protecting civilians.

“Never has the international community raised so much money on a single day for a single crisis,” he told a news briefing at the end of the day-long conference, co-hosted by the UN and the Governments of the United Kingdom, Kuwait, Germany and Norway.

In an opinion piece issued ahead of the opening of the Conference, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, said that “perhaps the answer we need – and the bold plan we want – can be found 70 years in the past.,” and called for a massive scale-up of resources and actions similar to post-War ‘Marshall Plan’ to address the chaos of 12 million Syrians displaced from their homes.

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