Funding gap could threaten humanitarian aid to 70 million people

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The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos fears a funding gap could affect the delivery of humanitarian aid to the more than 70 million people worldwide who will need it this year.

Amos was in Geneva on Wednesday where she presented the mid-year review of global humanitarian action.

While the initial 2013 Humanitarian Appeal aimed to help 57 million people, she said this number has risen to 73 million due to the Syrian conflict and crises in Mali and the Central African Republic.

"We need $13 billion if we're to help 73 million people this year. That's an extra $8.6 billion to raise by the end of the year. I have no idea how to do it. We are asking donors to make other resources available so that we can bridge this funding gap."

Amos said it will not be easy to raise funds as many donors are currently facing difficult economic circumstances.

However, with millions of lives and livelihoods at stake, she said there is little choice but to be supportive.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’07″

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