UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The UN under-secretary- general for humanitarian affairs, Valerie Amos, said on Wednesday that ordinary people are paying a terrible price for the failure of the international community to agree on steps to resolve the political crisis in Syria.
Speaking to reporters in Davos, Switzerland, Amos, who is also the UN emergency relief coordinator, said that despite the insecurity and limited access, UN agencies and humanitarian partners have reached millions of people with essential relief supplies, UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said at a daily news briefing here.
"But Ms. Amos also said that the aid efforts are not enough as the number of people in acute need continues to rise," del Buey said.
On Jan. 30, representatives of UN member states, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will gather in Kuwait City for the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, which will be hosted by the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al- Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, and chaired by UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, the spokesman said.
"This will be an opportunity for donors to pledge their financial support for the 2013 Syria Humanitarian Response Plan of 519.6 million (U.S.) dollars and the Syria Refugee Response Plan of 1 billion dollars to help more than four million people affected by the conflict over the first six months of 2013," he added.