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U.N. Humanitarian Aid Appeal Up To $18.8B Due To Multiple Crises Worldwide, Only 26% Funded, Report Shows

News outlets highlight a new U.N. report, titled Global Humanitarian Overview Status Report, June 2015, showing more funding is needed to address humanitarian crises worldwide.

The Guardian: U.N.’s aid appeal up 500% in a decade as multiple crises become the ‘new norm’
“The United Nations’ annual appeal for international aid has risen 500 percent in 10 years due to the ‘new norm’ of multiple humanitarian crises. Only 26 percent of the money needed has been committed, according to a report published [Tuesday] night…” (Banning-Lover, 6/17).

U.N. News Centre: Humanitarian needs at ‘all-time high,’ top U.N. relief official tells Economic and Social Council
“Humanitarian needs are at an all-time high, the top United Nations relief official declared today, stressing that while the organization needs no less than $18.8 billion to meet the needs of nearly 80 million people, it has received only 26 percent of that amount. ‘Each statistic represents a personal tragedy for someone: separation from home and community; missing out on an education; failure to plant the seeds for next year’s harvest; a life of instability and uncertainty,’ Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien told the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which kicked off its annual three-day Humanitarian Affairs Segment in Geneva [Wednesday]…” (6/17).

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