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03-Dec-2014 00:02:35
Speaking at the start of the Third Global Humanitarian Policy Forum, the United Nations Deputy-Secretary General, Jan Eliasson,  noted that over the past ten years, the cost of humanitarian operations “has risen nearly 600 percent” and said that it has become “increasingly difficult to raise these funds.” UNIFEED - UNTV
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DATELINE: 03 DECEMBER 2014, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Tilt down, exterior United Nations headquarters

03 DECEMBER 2014, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, ECOSOC Chamber
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy-Secretary General:
“Over the past ten years the amount requested to the humanitarian appeals has risen nearly 600 percent, from 3 billion at the start of 2004 to 17.9 billion today. It is increasingly difficult to raise these funds. Earlier this week the World Food Programme was forced to suspend its support to 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of acute funding shortages, and this at a time when winter conditions make life so much more difficult for millions of people.”
5. Med shot, woman writing the words “IS THE SYSTEM BROKEN?” on a white board
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for
Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“I just wanted to come back very quickly on this point about, is the system broken and the role of the United Nations, because I think that one of the reasons that there has always been optimism about the United Nations is because this was an organization that was formed to try to prevent things happening and if they did happen to stop them happening as quickly as possible. And as we see these conflicts run and run over many years - you just have to think about Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria which I think has really defined the time that I have been in this job, I think people across the world look at the leaders across the world and say, how come you haven’t managed to fix it?”
7. Zoom out, the words “IS THE SYSTEM BROKEN?” written on a white board
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“You have a conflict; you quite often have a very long period of negotiating peace. What then happens is that the countries that have helped to negotiate that peace very often think that their job is done, and a country that then needs a huge investment, not just in terms of resources, but in terms of having other countries that will help and support them through that process of building institutions, growing their governance institutions, establishing the rule of law, that’s when countries need a huge amount of hand holding and support.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. Zoom out, end of meeting
STORYLINE
The United Nations Deputy-Secretary General, Jan Eliasson, today (3 Dec) noted that over the past ten years, the cost of humanitarian operations “has risen nearly 600 percent” and said that it has become “increasingly difficult to raise these funds.”

Eliasson said that the amount requested for humanitarian appeals rose from 3 billion at the start of 2004 to 17.9 billion today and pointed out that “earlier this week the World Food Programme was forced to suspend its support to 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of acute funding shortages.”

The comments were made during the annual global humanitarian policy forum, taking place at UN Headquarters and which aims to optimize the response of humanitarian agencies in emergencies.

Alongside Eliasson was Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs who said the United Nations is perceived as “an organization that was formed to try to prevent things happening and if they did happen to stop them happening as quickly as possible” and as conflicts in Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo or Syria “run and run over many years” people ask “how come you haven’t managed to fix it?”

She said that “countries that have helped to negotiate that peace very often think that their job is done, and a country that then needs a huge investment, not just in terms of resources, but in terms of having other countries that will help and support them through that process of building institutions, growing their governance institutions, establishing the rule of law, that’s when countries need a huge amount of hand holding and support.”

Humanitarian practitioners, academics, private-sector representatives, international organizations, non-governmental and government representatives are gathered in New York for the Forum, convened by OCHA’s Policy Analysis and Innovation Section.
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