Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and a lack of funding, are leaving humanitarians with a stark choice over who to assist, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country warned on Friday.
The Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) looks set to keep its classrooms open for the rest of the school year, despite earlier fears that they would have to close within the next few weeks, due to steep funding cuts, the agency told UN News in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.
Floods, drought and other extreme weather events triggered by the current El Niño phenomenon are affecting an estimated 60 million people worldwide, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) reports.
While countries have been appealing for US$3 billion to respond to this challenge, a huge funding gap remains.
The UN joined affected countries, aid groups and donors in Geneva on Tuesday to call for action to address the crisis and to support communities to withstand future climate-related emergencies.
Putting the education of Palestinian children at risk is unacceptable, according to a senior official of the UN agency which supports Palestine refugees, UNRWA.
UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Sandra Mitchell said the money needed to open schools on time for half a million Palestinian children has not been forthcoming.
She said the agency does not have the cash on hand to pay the salaries from September through December of more than 22,000 teachers at its 700 schools in the Middle East.