Sunday, Aug 09, 2020 | Last Update : 08:59 PM IST

138th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra49026232728117092 Tamil Nadu2850242275754690 Andhra Pradesh2170401296151939 Karnataka164924842322998 Delhi1441271293624098 Uttar Pradesh118038698332028 West Bengal89666630601954 Telangana7751354330615 Bihar7578648673419 Gujarat68855517922604 Assam5549737225132 Rajasthan5065636310776 Odisha4419328698307 Haryana4005433444467 Madhya Pradesh3729827621962 Kerala3312020862107 Jammu and Kashmir2439020862459 Punjab2193014040539 Jharkhand165427503154 Chhatisgarh11408831987 Uttarakhand89015731112 Goa7947559570 Tripura6014408437 Puducherry5123291475 Manipur3635192711 Himachal Pradesh3242201513 Nagaland26888937 Arunachal Pradesh204913263 Chandigarh137482023 Meghalaya10234236 Sikkim8544061 Mizoram5672890
  Life   More Features  04 Dec 2019  UN launches humanitarian appeal for nearly USD 29 billion

UN launches humanitarian appeal for nearly USD 29 billion

Published : Dec 4, 2019, 3:38 pm IST
Updated : Dec 4, 2019, 3:38 pm IST

UN launches USD 29 bn emergency funding appeal.

Combatants display total disregard for humanitarian law. (Photo: AFP)
 Combatants display total disregard for humanitarian law. (Photo: AFP)

Washington: The UN launched a humanitarian appeal for nearly USD 29 billion on Wednesday as climate change and increasingly protracted conflicts put tens of millions of people in urgent need of aid. The world body's Global Humanitarian Overview estimated that 168 million people worldwide will need some form of emergency assistance in 2020, including food, shelter and healthcare.

That figure marks a "record in the modern era," UN emergency relief coordinator Mark Lowcock told reporters, clarifying that he was referring to the period since World War II. The need continues to rise in part because "conflicts are becoming more protracted and intense," Lowcock said.


"Combatants display a total disregard for humanitarian law," with the result that civilians caught up in conflict are increasingly likely to be displaced or traumatised psychologically, he said, adding that the number of attacks on schools and health facilities continues to rise.

In addition, climate change has unleashed more extreme weather events, notably drought and flooding, which trigger humanitarian emergencies, he said. "The brutal truth is that 2020 will be difficult for millions of people," Lowcock said. Of the 168 million people who are expected to require assistance next year, the USD 28.8 billion (26 billion euro) UN appeal is targeting the 109 million who are most in need and whom UN agencies are in a position to help.


The UN is seeking more than USD 3 billion to address humanitarian crises in Yemen and Syria, the country’s most in need. Venezuela is the country where needs have increased the most in the past year. The UN sought nearly USD740 million for Venezuela for 2019, but as the country's devastating economic and political crisis has intensified, that figure has risen to USD 1.35 billion.

Tags: united nations, food crisis, economy