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Funding crunch forces UN to reduce food assistance in Palestine despite rising need
Although food assistance in Palestine is needed more than ever, funding cuts are forcing the World Food Programme (WFP) to limit the amount of aid it provides to vulnerable people.
The WFP is warning that the cuts will have a devastating effect on the food security, livelihoods and welfare of the people it serves in Palestine: the worst affected area is Gaza, where nearly 70 per cent of the population is food insecure.
In an exclusive interview, recorded in Jerusalem with Reem Abaza from UN News, Stephen Kearney, WFP Representative and Country Director in Palestine, explained what the funding shortfall will mean for Palestinians.
I want 57 billion next year, I have at the moment about 20. If I am 30 billion short, it means 150,000 people don’t get fed. In Gaza and the West Bank, the food insecurity is not because there’s no food around, it’s because they haven’t the money to buy it: it’s access that’s the problem. Our criteria is set on a deep poverty level, and the World Bank has set a deep poverty level in this country at $3.70 a day. The majority of our beneficiaries are well below that. If they’re lucky enough to find a job, they’re maybe earning about a dollar a day.
Tunnels from Lebanon to Israel constitute violation of Security Council resolution : senior UN official
Tunnels from Lebanon to Israel constitute violations of Security Council resolution 1701, which calls for the so-called Blue Line border between Lebanon and Israel to be fully respected, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday.
Jean Pierre Lacroix, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said that officials from the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL) have conducted a series of technical visits to locations where suspected tunnels, going from Lebanon into Israel, were found by the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) near the Blue Line. Mr. Lacroix said that UNIFIL is working with both parties to ensure that any tunnels in violation of resolution 1701 are disabled decisively and safely.
Leadership ‘crucial’ to bringing migration pact to life: UN chief
Welcoming the adoption by the General Assembly of the Global Compact for Migration, UN chief António Guterres said, in a statement released on Wednesday, that leadership will be crucial in bringing the agreement to life.
The Compact is a platform for international cooperation, Mr. Guterres explained, which calls for greater solidarity with migrants in situations of “appalling vulnerability and abuse.” It also highlights the importance of finding more legal pathways to migration, which would help to crack down on trafficking and exploitation.
The Secretary-General said that it was essential to avoid the myths and disparaging discourse that have become all too frequent and that a newly established United Nations Migration Network stands ready to support Member States and all other partners, to “make migration work for all.”
Conor Lennon, UN News.