The representative of the interim government in Panama, Fabiola Zavarce, affirmed that with the International Donors Conference it has become clear once again that Venezuela is not alone in the humanitarian crisis it faces and is caused by Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship.
The International Donors Conference was organized by Canada virtually and there the world spoke forcefully on the Venezuelan drama.
On behalf of the multilateral organizations were present: António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations; António Vitorino, IOM Director General; Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees; Eduardo Stein, Joint UNHCR and IOM Special Representative for Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants.
As representatives of the receiving countries were present: Iván Duque, President of Colombia; Guillermo Lasso Mendoza, President of Ecuador; Francisco Rafael Sagasti, President of Peru; and ministers ambassadors from Brazil, Panama, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Guyana, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.
As representatives of the actors involved in the humanitarian response spoke: Inger Ashing, General Director of Save the Children International; Juan Viloria Doria, President of the Coalition for Venezuela; Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; and Welby Leaman, Senior Director of Global Government Affairs (Americas and Africa) of Walmart, Inc., Co-Chair of the Transparency and Regulatory Cooperation Working Group, Business Dialogue of the Americas. During the section on announcements of contributions, dozens of countries expressed their intention to continue assisting and collaborating with the aid that will be provided to Venezuelan migrants and refugees.
The worldwide cooperation secured to address the Venezuelan refugee crisis was $ 956 million, a record figure, as reported by the Commissioner of the OAS General Secretariat for the Venezuelan migrant and refugee crisis, David Smolansky.
Currently there are more than 5.6 million Venezuelans who have been forced to migrate, a ver substantial figure, since it is more than the total population of nations such as Norway, Costa Rica, Panama, Ireland or New Zealand.
“Thank you nations of the world, for without a doubt we cannot do it alone. The magnitude of the Venezuelan crisis requires support, solidarity and empathy with our cause, as we are talking about the largest migratory crisis in the history of the continent and currently the second largest in the world after Syria,” remarked Ms. Zavarce on behalf of the Interim Government.
The resources obtained will be distributed directly among the countries receiving migrants and refugees, and to the international organizations that attend to the Venezuelan crisis.