United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
June 17, 2021
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Announces New Lifesaving Assistance to Respond to the Venezuela Regional Crisis
The below is attributable to U.S. Mission to the UN Spokesperson Olivia Dalton:
Today U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced nearly $407 million in new humanitarian assistance to respond to the needs of vulnerable Venezuelans in Venezuela, Venezuelan refugees and migrants, and their host communities across the region. This announcement, made at the virtual International Donors’ Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants, demonstrates the United States’ solidarity with the Venezuelan people and ongoing commitment to strengthening the international response to this crisis. The funding includes more than $156 million from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, and nearly $251 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance.
Our assistance supports the more than seven million Venezuelans in need of humanitarian assistance inside Venezuela, the more than 5.6 million Venezuelans who have fled to countries across the region, and the communities hosting them. This new funding brings total U.S. foreign assistance for the response to the Venezuela regional crisis to more than $1.7 billion since 2017, including $1.4 billion in humanitarian assistance inside Venezuela and across the region.
U.S. humanitarian assistance supports a wide range of lifesaving humanitarian programs, such as food assistance, safe drinking water, emergency shelter, health care, hygiene supplies, livelihoods, protection for vulnerable groups including women, youth, LGBTQI+, and indigenous people, and specialized assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We appreciate the efforts of all donors who have committed resources to these lifesaving initiatives and encourage both traditional and new donors to increase their efforts to help meet growing needs of the Venezuelan people during this difficult time.