News in Brief 21 May 2015 (PM)

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Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, during the daily noon press briefing at UN headquarters. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Humanitarian financing panel launched

A new high-level panel has been appointed by the UN Secretary-General to examine the challenges of financing the growing number of humanitarian crises around the world.

Over the last decade, the demand for humanitarian aid has risen dramatically.

The number of people in need has more than doubled since 2004 to over 100 million today.

Current humanitarian funding requirements for 2015 stand at $19.1 billion, up from $3.4 billion in 2004.

Here's Farhan Haq, the UN Deputy Spokesperson.

"The Panel will examine humanitarian financing challenges and will identify ways in which the gap between rising needs and the resources available to meet them can be closed.  It will also work on generating solutions around the issues of more timely and predictable funding, as well as ways in which resources can be used more effectively."

Kristalina Georgieva and Sultan Nazrin Shah have been appointed as co-chairs of the Panel.

Fighting resumes around UN base in South Sudan

In South Sudan heavy fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition forces has resumed around Melut in Upper Nile State, the UN Mission has reported.

Some 1,600 internally displaced people are seeking protection at the UN base in Melut.

Around 20,000 people who were previously sheltering in two sites outside the base have scattered.

Attacks in Mali cause more people to flee

Attacks by armed groups and individuals around Timbuktu in northern Mali are forcing people to flee their homes, according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA.

It's estimated that more than 20,000 people have fled since last week.

Humanitarian workers are monitoring these new displacements but insecurity is preventing access to some of the areas affected.

Ana Carmo, United Nations.

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