UN Relief Chief: US$22.5 milliard needed to help 91 million people within 2018
01.12.2017 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
A record level of aid funding - more than US$22.5 milliard - is needed to ship lifesaving assistance around the world within 2018, UN Radio says referring to UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock report.
As to the report, now an estimated 136 million people face urgent needs because of protracted conflicts, natural disasters, epidemics and displacement.
«Were we better financed we would save more lives. But we would also protect more futures…It costs us about £230 a year to provide the lifesaving comprehensive assistance that we are talking about through these response plans, that’s 77 cents a day. That’s one of the cheapest investments you can make in the safety of humanity for the future, so we are hoping that on the basis of the quality of the plans we will be able to reach higher levels of funding than we have both said we have achieved for this year,» Lowcock says.
As to him, within Yemen, a child dies every 10 minutes; the country is likely to remain the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Twenty million of the country’s 25 million people are in need of assistance, and seven to eight million «right on the brink of famine».