Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard and Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman Travel to Jordan

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 10, 2014

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard will travel to Amman, Jordan on January 12-14, 2014.

Assistant Secretary Richard will focus on the plight of Syrian and other refugees, the impact of the Syrian crisis on Jordan, and meet with Jordanian government officials.

Jordan is a generous host. In addition to Palestinian and Iraqi refugees, Jordan hosts more than 576,000 refugees who have fled the fighting in Syria. Since the start of the conflict, the United States has provided more than $207 million in humanitarian assistance inside Jordan through UN organizations and non-governmental organizations and is providing more than $1 billion in development assistance which includes support to help Jordan address its economic challenges and alleviate strains arising from the Syria crisis. The United States is the single largest donor to humanitarian agencies working in and around Syria to save lives and alleviate suffering.

Assistant Secretary Richard will be accompanied by Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues and, the Department of State’s Representative for the “No Lost Generation” Initiative, Zeenat Rahman. Ms. Rahman will meet with Syrian youth and learn about the situation in exile. Both Department Officials intend to express support for the “No Lost Generation” Initiative spearheaded by UNHCR, UNICEF, and others.

The “No Lost Generation” initiative aims to provide young people affected by the conflict in Syria conflict with the chance to shape a more stable and secure future.

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