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Last year was a "real test of the global humanitarian system" and 2014 is shaping up to be just as exacting, UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator Valerie Amos told reporters in New York on Thursday.
She said 2013 ended with three major emergencies—Syria, the Central African Republic and the Philippines—while the New Year has begun with multiple severe humanitarian crises, affecting millions worldwide.
Ms. Amos said recent developments such as the turmoil in South Sudan have added tens of thousands of people to the throngs requiring emergency relief.
"Two thousand-and-thirteen was a real test of the global humanitarian system. There is no indication that this year will be any different. It's clear that the UN and our partners are needed more than ever. The extent and complexities of the emergencies I have mentioned will continue to pose significant challenges for the humanitarian response system."
The United Nations recently announced that it would require nearly $13 billion in 2014 to assist more than 50 million people in 17 countries.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.