5 Reasons to Care about Humanitarian Funding Needs in 2017

“The scale of humanitarian crises today is greater than at any time since the United Nations was founded. Not in living memory have so many people needed our support and solidarity to survive and live in safety and dignity,” said Stephen O’Brien, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, when launching the Global Humanitarian Appeal 2017 this week.

The annual global humanitarian appeal provides an assessment of funding requests for the UN and partners to respond to humanitarian crises around the world that have left millions of families in need of life-saving aid.

Here are five reasons why you should care about humanitarian funding needs and what you can do to support the UN’s work.

  1. There is a huge and growing need for resources for humanitarian aid.

Sadly, the 2017 appeal is a record one: In 2017, the humanitarian community needs $22.2 billion for humanitarian response plans in 33 countries that aim to help nearly 93 million vulnerable people. From conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria, and South Sudan to El Niño-related droughts to many other challenges, the “world is facing a state of humanitarian crisis not seen since the Second World War,” according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

  1. Funding makes a real difference in people’s lives in their time of greatest need.

Humanitarian funding enables the UN and partners to deliver life-saving aid – food, medicine, shelter, protection, and more – to people in their times of greatest vulnerability. It helps educate children, provide families with clean drinking water, and make it safer for pregnant women to deliver their babies. For example, in 2016:

  • Nearly 1 million people in Nigeria received food, crops, and livestock;
  • More than 150,000 in Ecuador received shelter and housing supplies following an earthquake in the country; and
  • Almost 2 million Syrian refugees received food.

Under-Secretary-General O’Brien starkly laid out the stakes, saying: “The lives of millions of women, girls, boys, and men are in our hands.”

  1. Plans are ready, but resources are needed to implement them.

Humanitarian response plans have been developed to help people in crises around the world. These plans provide a mechanism for various humanitarian partners to come together and develop a cohesive, collective strategy to respond. This is part of a broader effort to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian response – a key focus of this year’s World Humanitarian Summit, hosted by the UN. Next, funding is needed to take these humanitarian response plans forward.

By – Dec 07, 2016

5 Reasons to Care about Humanitarian Funding Needs in 2017

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