A staggering 130 million people worldwide require immediate humanitarian assistance; a figure that in population terms, would represent the 10th largest country in the world.
That’s according to the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) which says although needs are great, they are not insurmountable provided countries come together to invest in humanity.
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is this week holding three days of meetings to encourage the international community to unite to reduce people’s risk and vulnerability to conflicts, disasters and other crises.
Dianne Penn spoke to UN Humanitarian Coordinator Stephen O’Brien ahead of the official opening ceremony on Monday afternoon.
He began by outlining the scale of humanitarian needs globally.