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Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said “the outlook for the year ahead is bleak," as “one person in 45 around the world" are expected to need humanitarian aid in 2020, "the highest number ever.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 09 DECEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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09 DECEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“We know that we will face significant challenges in 2020. I fear the outlook for the year ahead is bleak. Last week we launched the Global Humanitarian Overview. It sets out the global needs and humanitarian response plans for UN agencies and our partners. Next year the UN and partner organizations aim to assist nearly 109 million people, the most vulnerable people on the planet. One person in 45 around the world are expected to need our help, the highest number ever. That will require funding of nearly 29 billion dollars.”
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today, CERF is contending with a far greater scale of suffering than at its creation in 2005. Endless conflicts, mass displacement and extreme weather events – amplified by the climate crisis – are increasing the numbers of people in need and making humanitarian action more difficult and complex than ever. The Global Humanitarian Overview – our most comprehensive forecasting tool – announced last week that a record 168 million people are expected to need lifesaving humanitarian aid in 2020.”
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I urge you to look at the figures and put your resources where they will have the most impact.
We pledge continuously to make the CERF faster, more efficient, more innovative, and more responsive. Please stand by our General Assembly commitment to raise $1 billion for CERF.”
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STORYLINE:

Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock today (9 Dec) said “the outlook for the year ahead is bleak," as “one person in 45 around the world" are expected to need humanitarian aid in 2020, "the highest number ever.”

Addressing the annual High-Level Pledging Event for the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), Lowcock, said that according to the Global Humanitarian Overview, UN and partner organizations “aim to assist nearly 109 million people, the most vulnerable people on the planet,” which will 29 billion US dollars.

Secretary-General António Guterres, for his part, said the Fund “is contending with a far greater scale of suffering than at its creation in 2005.”

Guterres said, “Endless conflicts, mass displacement and extreme weather events – amplified by the climate crisis – are increasing the numbers of people in need and making humanitarian action more difficult and complex than ever. “

He noted that “a record 168 million people are expected to need lifesaving humanitarian aid in 2020.”

The Secretary-General urged member states “to look at the figures and put your resources where they will have the most impact.”

Pledge to make the CERF “faster, more efficient, more innovative, and more responsive,” Guterres asked donors to “stand by” their “General Assembly commitment to raise $1 billion for CERF.”

In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for an expansion of CERF’s yearly funding target from $450 million to $1 billion.
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