UN appeals for $8.5 billion to deliver humanitarian aid in 2013Listen /
The United Nations is appealing for $8.5 billion to support its humanitarian operations in 2013.
The funding will go to support 51 million people in 16 countries worldwide who will need humanitarian assistance.
A total of 520 aid organizations will partner with the United Nations to deliver aid to refugees, internally displaced persons and other vulnerable groups uprooted from their homes by conflict and natural disasters.
Speaking in Rome at the launch of the appeal United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said the global economic downturn notwithstanding, the international community needs to make every effort to support the vulnerable majority who have been pushed into their situations not by their own fault.
"As we enter 2013, there is no let up in humanitarian needs in the world. The appeal includes the needs of a million boys and girls in Yemen who are suffering from acute malnutrition. Nearly half a million refugees and returnees in South Sudan and another two million who need food assistance. In Niger 1.7 million people who do not have enough to eat. We call on government's private individuals business and others to contribute to saving lives in 2013."
Ms Amos said the consolidated appeal for 2012 is 60 per cent funded, a situation which means humanitarian assistance did not reach all those who needed it.
Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva