2015 Global appeal: $16.4 billion to help 57 million people in 22 countries
The UN and its humanitarian partners have launched an appeal for US$16.4 billion to help at least 57.5 million people affected by crises in 22 countries in 2015.
“Over 80 percent of those we intend to help are in countries mired in conflict where brutality and violence have had a devastating impact on their lives,” said UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos, as she launched the 2015 global humanitarian appeal at an event in Geneva.
“We will continue to put people at the centre of our relief efforts and do everything we can to respond quickly and effectively,” she said. “But the rising scale of need is outpacing our capacity to respond."
Sharp rise in conflict-related suffering
In 2014, there was a sharp rise in the number of people affected by conflict and millions were forced to flee and became dependent on humanitarian aid for their survival. The crises in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan and Syria will remain top humanitarian priorities next year.
Combined with the impact in their regions, these crises account for over 70 per cent of the funding requirements launched today.
“Not business as usual”
"This is not business as usual in the humanitarian world," said António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. "Today's needs are at unprecedented levels, and without more support there simply is no way to respond to the humanitarian situations we're seeing in region after region and in conflict after conflict."
International donors provided $9.4 billion in funding in 2014 but that was only half of what the aid community requested and there were large differences in the levels of funding provided for specific countries.
"Every year we ask our donors to do more - and they do. But as crises become more complex and go on longer, the gap between needs and resources grows,” said Ms. Amos. “I hope we can close it in 2015 because if we don't raise the money it means that we are able to help fewer children, women and men with medicine, food and shelter; the basics they need to survive.”