Wars, crises and climate change will create a record demand for humanitarian aid in the coming year.
To alleviate the greatest need, the United Nations and its partners will need $51.5 billion (about 49.6 billion euros) next year, according to an initial estimate, the U.N. Office of Emergency Assistance (OCHA) reported in Geneva.
The office sees 339 million people in need in 68 countries, 65 million more than a year ago.
The humanitarian needs are shockingly large
commented Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths.
Needs are growing faster than funding. The funding gap has never been larger and currently stands at 53 percent. As a result, he said, humanitarian organizations are being forced to decide who to allocate available funds to.
Griffiths called on governments to allocate more money in development assistance, in addition to emergency humanitarian funding. Helping people to improve their livelihoods and making provisions for possible disasters is always more cost-effective than providing emergency aid later in a disaster situation, he said.
Griffiths complimented Germany for expanding humanitarian assistance despite economic concerns and the energy crisis.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), on the one hand, coordinates the cooperation of the various UN agencies working in the humanitarian field.
On the other hand, it coordinates cooperation with other national and international humanitarian actors.
OCHA's mission is to help ensure that the necessary humanitarian aid is mobilized and implemented as effectively and efficiently as possible.
OCHA expects at least 222 million people in 53 countries to be food insecure by the end of this year.
45 million are likely to be at risk of starvation. The need for funding is particularly great in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and Ethiopia.