UN needs US$13 bil. for humanitarian aid in 2014
December 17, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
GENEVA--The United Nations said Monday it needs almost US$13 billion to meet some of the world's biggest humanitarian needs in 2014, and almost half of that amount would go to Syria and its surrounding region.
The request is meant to reach 52 million people in 17 countries, and is the largest amount that the U.N. and its partner agencies have ever asked at the start of the year to meet global humanitarian needs, officials said.
A year ago, the U.N.'s humanitarian request looking ahead to 2013 was for US$8.5 billion, but Syria's civil war forced them to revise that assessment upward to US$13.6 billion. The U.N. and other officials said Monday that their 2013 request will be only 60-percent funded.
Such funding gaps will leave many people hungry, lacking shelter and unprotected from violence, said Valeria Amos, the U.N.'s humanitarian chief.
Besides Syria, where US$6.5 billion in aid is being sought, the next biggest requests are for US$1.1 billion for South Sudan, US$995 million for Sudan, US$928 million for Somalia, US$832 million for the Congo, and US$791 million for the typhoon-hit Philippines.