The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi during a visit to Panama City, Panama, in June 2021 | Photo: EPA/Bienvenido Velasco
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi during a visit to Panama City, Panama, in June 2021 | Photo: EPA/Bienvenido Velasco

The UN refugee agency has announced that more than US$1 billion has been pledged by governments worldwide for its work next year. It has also received commitments totalling US$808 for 2023 and beyond.

Donor governments have pledged a record US$1.05 billion to support UN refugee agency UNHCR's work in 2022, the agency said in a statement published this week.

It also said that a further US$808 had been pledged for UNHCR's programs in 2023 and beyond.

Representatives of UNHCR’s private sector National Partners had committed to contributing US$315 million for 2022, the agency said.

"I am grateful to all our donors for this vote of confidence," said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

"This funding is vital to support refugees, internally displaced and stateless people. The strong commitment also signals solidarity with the communities and countries hosting them."

The UN agency said that it would require US$8.994 billion in 2022 to cover its operations in 136 countries and territories. Voluntary contributions reportedly make up almost the entirety of UNHCR’s funding.

 

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