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UN seeks $51.5bn lifeline for 2023

UN seeks $51.5bn lifeline for 2023

UN seeks $51.5bn lifeline for 2023

UN seeks $51.5bn lifeline for 2023

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  • Tens of millions of people are anticipated to need humanitarian relief in 2023.
  • The UN and its partners are requesting a record $51.5bn.
  • 339 million people in 68 countries would need aid next year, projections tell.
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Tens of millions of people are anticipated to need humanitarian relief in 2023, therefore the UN and its partners are requesting a record $51.5bn.

The UN Global Humanitarian Overview projects that 339 million people in 68 countries would need aid next year.

That’s around 4% of the world’s population or the US.

“It’s a phenomenal and dismal statistic,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said Thursday in Geneva. “Next year will be the world’s biggest humanitarian program,” he added.

Griffiths cited the war in Ukraine and drought in the Horn of Africa as catastrophic events that will continue into 2023.

“This appeal saves lives.”

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Conflict and climate change have displaced over 100 million people.

The world is facing the “biggest global food crisis in modern history,” the UN warned.

At least 222 million people in 53 countries would experience acute food shortages by the end of the year, with 45 million facing hunger.

Five countries are experiencing famine-like conditions, and people are dying, Griffiths added.

Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Haiti, Somalia, and South Sudan have witnessed “catastrophic hunger” this year but no nationwide famines.

Nine months of war between Russia and Ukraine have delayed food shipments, and 45 million people in 37 countries are starving.

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The appeal is up 25% from last year.

Multiple crises restrict donor finances. Data through mid-November show that the UN’s appeals will be funded only 53% in 2022.

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