More humanitarian funding needed in 2011

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, has called for increased worldwide funding for humanitarian aid in 2011.

Humanitarian AidSpeaking in Geneva, Mr Ban said extra efforts were needed to secure sufficient and predictable funding for urgent life saving humanitarian work.

The United Nations has appealed for 7.4 billion dollars to finance its humanitarian operations in 2011.

The funds will meet the humanitarian needs of 50 million people in 28 countries.

The Secretary General said the funding of humanitarian work should not be left to chance.

“I know that this is a time of heavy financial pressure on budgets for all countries. It can take an extraordinary political effort to secure resources for international aid, even when it is clearly needed to save lives. The United Nations remains determined to ensure that these efforts succeed. But to help you better, we need your help. When Member States share information pro-actively on their aid budgets, we can forecast and plan. If we knew better today what resources we will have for the year ahead, we could influence budget cycles early, before numbers are locked in place.”

The Secretary General said although the global response to some of the major tragedies, such as the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan flooding was encouraging, some appeals have had very low levels of funding.

He said this situation needs to be reversed in 2011.

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