The U.S. Department of State announced a
$72.5 million contribution to the U.N. High Commissioner
for Refugees (UNHCR) May 3.
A statement from spokesman Richard Boucher’s
office said this latest donation to UNHCR will push the
U.S. total to the agency for 2005 to more than $230 million.
The largest single share of the latest U.S.
contribution – almost $46 million – will target
problems in Africa, where almost 4.3 million people are
considered refugees, internally displaced persons or persons
UNHCR was established in 1950 by the U.N.
General Assembly to lead and coordinate international action
to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.
The primary purpose of the Geneva-based agency is to safeguard
the rights and well-being of refugees.
Boucher said the United States is the world’s
largest single donor to UNHCR.
The text of the Boucher statement follows:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
May 3, 2005
STATEMENT BY RICHARD BOUCHER, SPOKESMAN
U.S. contributes additional $72.5 million
to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The United States is pleased to announce
an additional contribution of $72.5 million to the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for its 2005 Annual
Programs, bringing the U.S. contribution to UNHCR for fiscal
year 2005 to over $231 million.
This funding will allow the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees to aid approximately 17 million
people. This contribution will provide assistance as follows:
- Central Asia/Southwest
North Africa/Middle East
The United States believes that the protection
and care of refugees and the pursuit of durable solutions
for them are shared international responsibilities. The
United States is the single largest donor country to the
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, doing our part to protect
and assist refugees throughout the world. The United States
urges other donors to strengthen their efforts in support
of the programs of the UNHCR.