The United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will bring the international community together Thursday to address the Rohingya crisis.
At a virtual conference, they will urge countries to increase assistance for Rohingyas, host communities, and internally displaced people in Myanmar, more than three years since the latest phase of the crisis began in August 2017.The UN has appealed for more than $1 billion in aid to meet the humanitarian needs of Rohingyas in Bangladesh this year, but so far less than half has been contributed.
This leaves a significant funding gap, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers will discuss the outcomes of the conference, including efforts to address the dire humanitarian crisis on the ground and to increase assistance to respond to the plight of Rohingyas in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the region, as well as internally displaced persons in Myanmar.
The co-hosts will also discuss the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of Rohingyas and other displaced people to their homes or to a place of their choosing.
After offering opening remarks, the speakers will take questions from participating journalists.