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U.N. Issues Record $16.4B Aid Appeal To Address Global Crises In 2015

News outlets report on the release of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (OCHA) 2015 Global Humanitarian Appeal to support people affected by disaster and conflict.

Associated Press: U.N.: $16.4 billion needed to aid most vulnerable
“…More than 40 percent of the appeal — $7.2 billion — would go to help 18.2 million people suffering from the war in Syria. … [W]ith 80 percent of the needy living in conflict-ridden countries, the demands for aid are outstripping the ability to pay for them, [U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie] Amos said…” (Heilprin, 12/8).

The Guardian: Iraq and Syria crises force U.N. to appeal for record funds
“The U.N. has launched a record appeal for $16.4bn (£10.5bn) of aid donations to help almost 60 million people in 22 countries next year, warning that the proliferation of crises in Central African Republic (CAR), Iraq, South Sudan, and Syria is stretching humanitarian resources to their limits. … This year has seen a sharp rise in the number of people affected by conflict, with millions forced to flee their homes and left dependent on humanitarian aid…” (Jones, 12/8).

New York Times: U.N. Seeks $16.4 Billion to Address 2015 Crises
“Struggling to cope with record numbers of victims of conflict, the United Nations appealed on Monday for $16.4 billion to finance humanitarian assistance programs in 2015, warning that the gap between needs and available resources is widening…” (Cumming-Bruce, 12/8).

U.N. News Centre: As global humanitarian needs skyrocket, U.N. launches $16 billion appeal for aid funding
“…Spearheaded by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and spanning a broad swathe of conflict zones and refugee crises — from the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Myanmar to Yemen and Ukraine — this latest appeal calls for $16.4 billion to help at least 57.5 million people who ‘have experienced unimaginable suffering’ with assistance in the coming year…” (12/8).

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