Sunday, March 26, 2023

Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Burma and Bangladesh Regional Crisis

During the launch of the 2023 Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh today, the Department of State announced nearly $26 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and the region, for those people in Burma affected by ongoing violence, and for communities hosting refugees from Burma.  With this new funding, our total assistance for those affected by the Rakhine State and Rohingya crisis has reached nearly $2.1 billion since August 2017, when over 740,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to safety in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

This new funding includes nearly $24 million for programs specifically in Bangladesh, providing life-sustaining support to nearly 980,000 Rohingya refugees, many of them survivors of genocide, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing, and support to nearly 540,000 host community members in Bangladesh.  This assistance sees to it that children and young adults have access to education and vocational training, provides families with food and clean water, strengthens sanitation systems to prevent the spread of disease, supports the protection of Rohingya refugees’ human rights and well-being, bolsters disaster preparedness, and helps combat the effects of climate change.  We urge other donors to contribute robustly to the humanitarian response and increase support to those driven from and affected by violence in Burma.

The United States recognizes the generosity of the government and people of Bangladesh and other countries hosting refugees from Burma in the region particularly given that this is the sixth year of this protracted crisis.  We are committed to finding lasting solutions to this crisis, including the safe, voluntary, dignified, and sustainable return and reintegration of displaced Rohingya when conditions in Burma allow.  An essential step in ending this crisis is ending the military regime’s brutal repression of its people and agreeing to a pathway to an inclusive multiparty democracy. We commend our humanitarian partners for the lifesaving work they continue to do every day.

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Statement by Fragrance Creators’ President & CEO, Farah K. Ahmed, on the Need for a Properly Funded FDA

"Last year, Congress passed the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act (MOCRA), landmark legislation giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded authority to advance sound science, safety, innovation, and public confidence in the cosmetics and personal care products Americans use every single day. It has been over 80 years since these regulations have been updated—now, more than ever, it is paramount that FDA has the funds to build a strong foundation upon which the cosmetics program will grow over the years to come. 

"That is why today, Fragrance Creators wrote to Congressional leaders urging them to properly fund the FDA to facilitate a smooth transition to the modernized regulatory framework.    

"Fragrance plays an important role in cosmetics and personal care products; products that nurture skin health and hygiene, empower self-expression and confidence, and deliver generational delight to billions of people every day. An adequately funded cosmetics program will support responsible fragrance industry innovation that can improve the experience of our nation's diverse consumer demographic, uphold safety, and advance environmental sustainability. 

"Advocating for appropriate funds for the FDA's implementation of MOCRA is a top priority for our members. In addition to these letters, Fragrance Creators has mobilized our membership to engage dozens of Congressional offices and we continue to advocate and work with other industry stakeholders to call for sufficient funding." 


Fragrance Creators Association is the trade association representing the majority of fragrance manufacturing in North America. We also represent fragrance-related interests along the value chain. Fragrance Creators' member companies are diverse, including large, medium, and small-sized companies that create, manufacture, and use fragrances and scents for home care, personal care, home design, fine fragrance, and industrial and institutional products, as well as those that supply fragrance ingredients, including natural extracts and other raw materials that are used in perfumery and fragrance mixtures. Fragrance Creators established and administers the Congressional Fragrance Caucus, ensuring ongoing dialogue with members of Congress and staff. Fragrance Creators also produces The Fragrance Conservatory, the comprehensive digital resource for high-quality information about fragrance— Learn more about Fragrance Creators at—for people, perfume, and the planet.

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Original Source: Statement by Fragrance Creators' President & CEO, Farah K. Ahmed, on the Need for a Properly Funded FDA
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