Revising estimates, UN seeks 23.5 billion to assist 100 million needy people in world


UNITED NATIONS, June 21 (APP): With the number of people needing
humanitarian assistance around the world reaching record levels,
United Nations and relief partners have revised their global aid
appeal to $23.5 billion – up nearly 6 per cent from the original
$22.2 billion announced late last year.
According to a news release issued by the UN Office for Coordination
for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), new natural and man-made disasters as well as deteriorating protracted emergencies have resulted in an
additional 8 million people around the world needing assistance.
Since its launch on December 5, 2017, donors have provided about
$6.2 billion for the 2017 global appeal. However, with more than half
of the year still remaining and needs rising, more is needed.
“With generous donor support, humanitarian partners have swiftly
scaled up to deliver record levels of life-saving assistance in
challenging and often dangerous environments,” Stephen O’Brien, the
UN Emergency Relief Coordination and head of OCHA, said on the first
day of the annual Economic and Social Council Humanitarian Affairs
Segment in Geneva.
“[But] we are in a race against time. People’s lives and well-being
depend on increasing our collective support,” he added.
Some of the crises that pushed up the requirements include the
rapid escalation of violence in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic
of Congo as well as a drought in Kenya, tropical cyclones in Madagascar
and Mozambique, and flooding in Peru, as well as looming famines across north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
The revised appeal aims to reach over 101 million highly vulnerable
people among the estimated 141 million people across 37 countries
in need of humanitarian assistance.
“Funding to response plans is a high-impact investment as they are
prioritized on the basis of thorough needs assessment and analysis. Supporting the plans also provides the most neutral and impartial aid,”
O’Brien noted, calling on the international community to step up
assistance: “We now need donors to set the bar higher and increase their support.”
The Humanitarian Affairs Segment, being held from 21-23 June is a
major global platform to discuss activities and issues related to strengthening UN’s humanitarian response around the globe.
The forum also provides a key opportunity for UN Member States,
Organizational entities, humanitarian and development partners and the affected communities to discuss emerging and pressing humanitarian issues.
Coinciding with the Humanitarian Affairs Segment, OCHA on Wednesday
also launched the Global Humanitarian Overview 2017 Status Report, which documents evidence humanitarians efforts to assist the world’s most vulnerable people.
According to the Status Report, UN and partners have provided
life-saving assistance to 5.8 million people in Yemen and over 3 million people in South Sudan. Also 2.7 million people in Somalia and 2.2 million affected by the Syria crisis have received food. In north-eastern Nigeria, over 2.3 million people have received both emergency food assistance and livelihood support through UN-coordinated plans.