UN humanitarian agencies suffer record funding shortfall this year

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UN humanitarian projects face an unprecedented funding shortfall this year, with just a third of the required $48.7 billion secured so far, as global needs outstrip pledges. contributions, a spokesman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Friday.

The money is needed to help some 204 million people around the world, as armed conflict and climate change, such as the war in Ukraine and drought in the Horn of Africa, emerge as key drivers of “megacrises” that they threaten the livelihoods of entire communities.

“At more than halfway through the year, the funding gap is $33.6 billion, our biggest funding gap ever,” OCHA spokesman Jens Laerke told a news conference.

“The needs in the world are increasing much faster than donor funding,” he added.

So far, $15.2 billion has been raised through the middle of the year, which is also a record, according to Laerke, in a year of rising humanitarian needs.

According to the OCHA website, the United States is the largest donor, contributing just over $8 billion, while the World Food Program was the largest recipient.

The nearly $50 billion needed includes all coordinated UN appeals around the world, such as the annual humanitarian response plans in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Syria, as well as flash appeals in Ukraine and regional appeals for refugees. in Afghanistan.

The money is earmarked for all UN humanitarian agencies and some NGOs, but does not cover appeals by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, as they have processes independent appeals, Laerke said.

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