World needs 12.9B USD in 2014 for humanitarian aid: UN official


GENEVA: The United Nations and humanitarian partners on Monday appealed for some 13 billion U.S. dollars in 2014 to help millions of people in humanitarian need around the world, with half of the funds going to Syria and the neighboring region.

Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said a total of 12.9 billion U.S. dollars were needed to reach 52 million people in 17 crisis-affected countries, calling it the “largest amount we have ever requested at the start of the year.”

Addressing a press conference at the launch of the humanitarian strategies and requirements for 2014, she said “6.5 billion U.S. dollars will support our efforts in Syria and the neighboring countries.”

According to UN statistics, there are over 2.3 million registered Syrian refugees in the region and millions more people displaced internally. The number of Syrian refugees would rise to 4.1 million by the end of 2014 based on current trends.

The humanitarian aid plans for 2014, with some 568 aid organizations participating, included help for millions of Filipinos who were struggling to rebuild their homes and communities after typhoon Haiyan, people falling victims to crisis of Central African Republic where the situation has deteriorated dramatically, and as well as people caught up in protracted crisis in Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Haiti where millions of people need urgent humanitarian aids to survive.

Amos urged governments, private organizations, individuals to continue their support next year to help millions of people caught in the midst of crisis. PNA


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