Today is World Refugee Day, an international commemoration aimed at highlighting the needs of refugees and vulnerable people around the world, as well as to promote sustained commitment to international humanitarian response. And recent events have been a stark reminder that upholding that commitment is as important as ever.
You've seen it on the news -- displacement and suffering from crises in the Middle East and Africa affecting hundreds of thousands of people. The United States is responding by providing over $80 million in humanitarian assistance for those impacted by the conflict in Libya and over $51 million in humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and other conflict-affected populations in Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia.
This assistance is part of the worldwide efforts of the U.S. government to ease suffering and promote conditions for reconciliation and peace. Working with our partners throughout the government, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) provides life-sustaining assistance and support around the world; our programs, policies, and initiatives seek to protect the world's most vulnerable populations -- refugees and survivors of conflict and persecution, including women and children at risk. We work in partnership with international and non-governmental organizations that are on the frontlines of humanitarian response: the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and a broad range of NGO partners who implement aid projects and offer us critical guidance on policy. We also work diplomatically to engage new allies and donors outside the traditional humanitarian realm. And of course, we also encourage governments hosting refugees and displaced persons to adopt policies that reflect tolerance and a commitment to humanitarianism.
The U.S. Congress has consistently supported this critical humanitarian mission, funding for which amounts to far less than one percent of our federal budget. It is an exceptionally wise investment that reflects the most noble instincts and values of the American people. It also enables us to secure critical support for humanitarian objectives from other governments, and to exercise world leadership on international humanitarian response issues. And it helps us to promote reconciliation and peace in parts of the world where despair and desperation not only can threaten stability, but also important U.S. national interests.
UNHCR's theme for this year's World Refugee Day is "Do 1 Thing" on behalf of the world's refugees. Please know that we in the U.S. government are seeking to do many good things on behalf of displaced and vulnerable victims of conflict, but are so well aware that there is so much more to do. We take inspiration from this World Refugee Day to continue and strengthen our efforts on behalf of refugees and other vulnerable persons around the world.