Hungary has increased support to help developing countries to 285 million dollars, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in New York at a conference focusing on the group of least developed countries held as an accompanying event of the United Nations General Assembly session. Hungary believes that in order to resolve the migration crisis, help must be taken to where it is needed, Szijjártó said. Hungary’s support is aimed at encouraging people not to leave their home countries and help them live under decent conditions at home, he added.
This year Hungary increased support to Africa by five times to 25.6 million dollars and support to the group of least developed countries was increased seven-fold to 29 million dollars, he said. The most significant programmes carried out with Hungarian help are in water management in Laos where the Hungarian contribution has reached 26 million dollars, he added. Hungary also provides 4,873 scholarships to students from Africa, Asia and South America to study in Hungarian universities and use the knowledge they acquire to contribute to developing their home countries, Szijjártó said.
In another speech, Szijjártó said Hungary had offered 20,000 dollars to a UN fund for the prevention and stopping of violence against women. Additionally, the country supports the activities of the International Red Cross with 25,000 dollars aimed at preventing sexual assaults against vulnerable people during humanitarian crises.