Statement from the Executive Director of UNICEF UK in response to the Syria statement from the Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband.
David Bull, Executive Director of UNICEF UK said: "We welcome this unprecedented cross-party commitment to the children of Syria who are facing desperate conditions this winter. Without the right supplies - clean water and warm blankets and clothes, vaccines and medicines - cold conditions could be fatal, especially for babies and young children. Children who have suffered and witnessed so much also need psychological and emotional support and education. UNICEF is increasingly concerned for children who are cut off from vital aid because of the ongoing conflict.
'UNICEF will not rest until every child in need is reached. Urgent action is required both to step up aid and to secure humanitarian access for the delivery of vital assistance. If we do not act, an entire generation of children could lose the opportunity to grow up safely and fulfill their potential, with serious consequences for the future of Syria and neighbouring countries.
'The party leaders' statement refers to the generosity of the UK Government and public in response to the humanitarian needs arising from the crisis in Syria, while being clear that much more is still needed. UNICEF welcomes the generous contributions of so many governments and peoples around the world who have supported our work to date - but that work goes on, and demands more attention. In particular, UNICEF desperately needs more than £500m for its work for the children of Syria in 2014. Every private donation to UNICEF UK for our work for Syria's children will be matched pound for pound by the UK Government until the end of January."
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