UK to invest additional £1.2bn in supporting Syria

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the UK is set to invest an extra £1.2 billion of aid to Syria to help fund education, create jobs and further humanitarian protection.

The UK has already pledged £1.12 billion towards providing aid in the region, however the additional funding will take the UK’s total investment to more than £2.3bn.

Cameron said: “With hundreds of thousands of people risking their lives crossing the Aegean or the Balkans, now is the time to take a new approach to the humanitarian disaster in Syria. Today’s pledge of more than £2.3 billion in UK aid sets the standard for the international community – more money is needed to tackle this crisis and it is needed now.

“But the conference I am hosting today is about more than just money. Our new approach of using fundraising to build stability, create jobs and provide education can have a transformational effect in the region – and create a future model for humanitarian relief.

“And we can provide the sense of hope needed to stop people thinking they have no option but to risk their lives on a dangerous journey to Europe.”

The Supporting Syria and the Region Conference will be co-hosted by the UK, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United Nations and aims to build economic opportunities, and put all refugee children in education by 2017.