U.S. Government Must Mobilize International Community To Provide More Humanitarian Aid Funding
The Hill: The new normal: Why the global humanitarian system is on the verge of collapse
Rick Leach, president and CEO of World Food Program USA
“…The [World Food Programme [WFP]) and other humanitarian organizations can only respond if resources are available. Yet according to the U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, less than 25 percent of global humanitarian needs have been funded in the first six months of 2015. That’s the lowest mid-year percentage in the U.N.’s history. The system is collapsing under the weight of rising unmet needs. … History has proven that helping victims of war and persecution leads to greater stability, prosperity, and goodwill for generations to come. The U.S. government has consistently led the world in fighting hunger and addressing humanitarian needs. Americans can be proud of this apolitical, bipartisan leadership. Once again, U.S. leadership is needed to mobilize the international community to address this ‘new normal.’ While governments may disagree on the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts, all can agree that no child should suffer from hunger and malnutrition as a consequence of these conflicts” (7/5).