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December 11, 2023

The United Nations (UN) has appealed for $46.4 billion in 2024 to assist 181 million people worldwide who are grappling with catastrophic hunger, mass displacement, and diseases due to escalating conflicts, climate emergencies, and collapsing economies. The appeal was made by Martin Griffiths, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, during the launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview. He emphasized that the international support received so far, amounting to $20 billion this year, is just a third of what is needed.

The UN aims to target 181 million of the most needy across 72 countries, out of the 300 million people worldwide who would require assistance. This figure is a significant reduction from the $57 billion required in 2023, reflecting a greater focus on the most urgent needs.

The Global Humanitarian Overview identifies conflicts, the global economic situation, and the worsening climate emergency as the three key drivers of need. The consequences of funding shortfalls in 2023 have been devastating, with 10 million people in Afghanistan losing access to food assistance and over half a million people in Myanmar forced into inadequate living conditions.

In conclusion, Griffiths underscored the need for funding, safety, humanitarian international law, and activism to remind people of the importance of humanitarian operations.

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