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$7.7 Billion needed for 2012 humanitarian aid response


The United Nations and its partners appealed for $7.7 billion for humanitarian aid projects in 2012, at the agency’s annual appeal event in Geneva, Switzerland.

The impact of climate change, economical and political crises, insecurity over food and water, urbanization, migration and rapid population growth have been the root of emergencies situations which affected millions of people all over the world. That’s why, now, UN needs more money than its initial appeal of $7.4 billion for 2012 to ensure funding to cover unforeseen crises and natural disasters, said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.

However, the total amount for 2011 surged to $8.8 billion after similar events were taken into account. There are countries and regions, such as Somalia, Yemen, Djibouti, South Sudan and Mindanao in the Philippines, which will need more funds next year. UN said Somalia will need $500 million more for next year, while $763 million will be allotted for South Sudan, according to The Development Newswire.

At the same time, total funds needed for the Horn of Africa will be 20 percent higher than this year’s $2.4 billion. Four million people are in urgent need of assistance in Somalia and more than 600,000 refugees are seeking protection in Kenya.  Along with Sudan, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Japan, Somalia is among the top five recipients of emergency funding this year.

Last year’s top five donors to humanitarian appeals were United States, the European Commission, the United Kingdom, Japan and the private sector. It’s worth to see if next year they’ll remain so generous.

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