A senior United Nations relief official is urging the international community to boost support for humanitarian efforts in crisis-gripped Central African Republic (CAR), where nearly half the population requires assistance.
Warning of worsening violence and humanitarian crises across areas of East and Central Africa, the Head of Operations for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, today called for additional support to “people and communities who have faced years of crisis in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia.”
Nearly $13 billion is needed this year – about a third of that amount for Syria and its neighbouring countries – to provide aid to 73 million people, the top United Nations humanitarian official said today.
Qatar and the United Nations today jointly urged the international community to sustain and increase its help for the millions of people around the world affected by humanitarian disasters and emergencies, through funding of the Organizations’ global humanitarian appeal.
The United Nations signed an agreement today with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to work together more closely on humanitarian issues, from relief coordination to fundraising and preparedness for disasters and crises.
The United Nations today appealed for more than $7.1 billion over the coming year to assist 48 million people across 25 countries whose lives have been wrecked by conflict and natural disasters, with the largest amount – over $1 billion – sought for Sudan.
The United Nations has sent a disaster assessment team to El Salvador and released a $50,000 cash grant to help the small Central American country recover from torrential rainfall that caused massive flooding and triggered landslides, killing at least 140 people and displacing nearly 14,000 others.
More than halfway through 2009, United Nations agencies and their humanitarian partners face a nearly $5 billion gap in funding to respond to the most severe crises, with the UN’s top relief official warning today that the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people have been hardest hit by the global recession.