UN seeks $20.1 billion in humanitarian aid in 2016
Its biggest appeal is due to rising needs caused by conflict and natural disaster
The United Nations (UN) is seeking an unprecedented $20.1 billion in humanitarian aid for 2016 despite a 2105 shortfall of more than $10 billion.
Needs are escalating as the UN reports 60-million people, half of them children, are fleeing their homes due to conflicts in countries such as Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and Yeman. “UN agencies and our partners are committed to do everything we can to respond quickly and effectively to the urgent needs of affected people, families, and communities,” Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and UN emergency relief coordinator, is quoted as saying on un.org.
The 2016 appeal is five times what it was 10 years ago, as it involves providing a reported life-saving assistance to 87.6-million people in 37 countries. “The number of people now affected by conflicts and other crises is unprecedented,” Dr. Margaret Chan, UN World Health Organization (WHO) director-general is quoted as saying on un.org. “WHO and its partners are committed to ensuring everyone — especially women and children — get the health care they desperately need. But we urgently require more funding to do so.” [un.org]
A new reality: (above) Many people are being displaced across the globe due to conflict and natural disasters. Temporary shelter tarps were built in Dhuskun Ward, Sindhupalchowk district, Nepal after the earthquake this year. Photo by Philip Maher.