The United Nations reports it is running a record funding-shortfall of $4.8 billion for its aid operations in 16 crisis-ridden countries.
The United Nations says it has received less than half of the $9.5 billion it needs to carry out it humanitarian operations this year.
The United Nations says the number of people needing help this year is 43 million compared to 28 million last year. As a consequence, more money is needed to care for them.
The United Nations says it requires $1.5 billion or 19 percent more money this year to run its operations.Unfortunately, the top U.N. humanitarian official, John Holmes, says the world is in worse financial shape this year than last and this is having an effect on U.N. fund-raising capabilities. “It is also the case that the global recession itself is having an effect on the number of people in need,” said Holmes.
“Climate change and the adverse weather that that has an influence on means that there is continued poor harvest in many countries-and again that has an influence, a significant influence on agriculture and therefore on the amount of food assistance that is required. And, food is always the biggest single component of these appeals.”