UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon is going to attend a major donors conference in Kuwait next week for humanitarian aid for Syria, a UN spokesman said on Thursday.
"The secretary-general will travel to Kuwait to chair the second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, on 15 January," Farhan Haq, Ban's acting deputy spokesperson, announced at a daily briefing.
"The conference is hosted, again this year, by the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah," he said.
"It aims to mobilize the required financial resources to enable the United Nations and its partners to meet urgent humanitarian needs, and to harness solidarity for the plight of the Syrian people," Haq said.
The spokesman also noted that as the humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, the UN chief calls once more on member states to participate in the conference and to remain generous.
"While he is in Kuwait City, the secretary-general will meet with senior Kuwaiti officials, as well as with other officials from member states participating in the pledging conference," Haq added.
According to UN, well over 100,000 people have already been killed in Syria and 8 million driven from their homes, with 2 million of them seeking refuge in neighboring countries, since the conflict first erupted in March 2011.
In January 2013, the donor countries partaking in the first International humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait pledged to offer more than 1 billion U.S. dollars to support the Syrian people. As many as 77 local, regional and international charity organizations also took part in the UN-sponsored conference and pledged to pay 182 million dollars.