Global: “There is no let-up in the number of humanitarian crises that need our attention”

16 June, 2014
16 June 2014, Geneva, Switzerland: Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos at a press conference at the UN in Geneva. Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre
16 June 2014, Geneva, Switzerland: Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos at a press conference at the UN in Geneva. Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide continues to grow, the top United Nations relief official today urged the international community to provide the requisite funding and access needed to enable aid workers to do their jobs effectively.

“There is no let-up in the number of humanitarian crises that need our attention, or indeed in their severity,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos told a news conference in Geneva.

“Most recently, of course, we have Iraq and the large numbers of displaced people in the last few days and the situation in Ukraine is also worsening.”

Ms. Amos, said the crisis in Syria continues to dominate international response efforts with 9.3 million people in need and 2.8 million people who have become refugees in neighbouring countries.

“Violations of humanitarian and human rights law continue unabated by all parties to the conflict in Syria. And 241,000 people remain under siege in areas where almost no aid can go in, and there are few ways for people to get out.”

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