GENEVA / HUMANITARIAN FUNDING GAP

12-Aug-2022 00:02:18
The United Nations humanitarian agency OCHA warned that the funding shortfall for aid operations is the biggest it’s ever been, at nearly $34 billion. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / HUMANITARIAN FUNDING GAP
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DATELINE: 12 AUGUST 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND /FILE
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FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, flag alley, UN Geneva

12 AUGUST 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press briefing
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“Global needs are at an all-time high with a record 303 million people in crisis worldwide. UN appeals aim to reach 204 million of the most vulnerable. Never before have humanitarians been called to respond to this level of need, and they are doing so in ever more dangerous environments.”
4. Close up, camera filming Laerke
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“More than 148 workers were killed in the line of duty last year, the highest number of fatalities since 2013. All but two of them were national staff, highlighting the perils that national aid workers often face. Last year 203 aid workers were also injured, and 117 were kidnapped.”
6. Wide shot, cameraman, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“The most violent countries for aid workers continue to be South Sudan, followed by Afghanistan and Syria. Most of the over 140 fatalities in 2021 were killed by small weapons and shooting incidents, with the second highest cause of death being airstrikes and shelling, most of them in Syria.”
8. Close up, panel at the press briefing
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“We need $48.7 billion to join coordinated humanitarian response globally. Almost 50 billion USD. The shortfall is currently more than 33 billion. So that means that we have received 15 billion. Thirty-three billion shortfall and 15 billion has been received.”
10. Med shot, attendees, press briefing
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“So, this is the largest gap we've ever had. However, it is also the largest amount of donor funding that has ever been committed. So, the problem is the following: that the needs in the world are rising much, much faster than the donor funding is coming in.”
12. Close up, panel, press briefing
13. Close up, attendees, press briefing
14. Close up, journalist
STORYLINE
On Friday (12 Ago), the United Nations humanitarian agency OCHA warned that the funding shortfall for aid operations is the biggest it’s ever been, at nearly $34 billion.

The news comes at a time when global needs are at an all-time high, with a record 303 million people in crisis worldwide. “UN appeals aim to reach 204 million of the most vulnerable.

Never before have humanitarians been called to respond to this level of need, and they are doing so in ever more dangerous environments,” said OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke.

This year, UN-coordinated relief projects have cost almost $50 billion.

Although funding pledges have reached their highest ever level - at more than $15 billion - needs are outpacing the money coming:

“This is the largest gap we've ever had. However, it is also the largest amount of donor funding that has ever been committed. So, the problem is the following: that the needs in the world are rising much, much faster than the donor funding is coming in,” Laerke added.

According to data from the NGO Humanitarian Outcomes, with whom the UN partners every year to highlight these numbers, more than 140 aid workers were killed in the line of duty last year, the highest number of fatalities since 2013.

All but two of the aid workers who died were national staff, highlighting the perils that national aid workers often face, said Laerke, who noted that another 203 aid workers were injured and 117 were kidnapped last year.

The OCHA spokesperson explained that “the most violent countries for aid workers continue to be South Sudan, followed by Afghanistan and Syria.”

According to Humanitarian Outcomes, 168 aid workers have been attacked this year, leading to 44 fatalities.

“Most of the over 140 fatalities in 2021 were killed by small weapons and shooting incidents, with the second highest cause of death being airstrikes and shelling, most of them in Syria,” said Laerke.

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held annually on 19 August to commemorate their sacrifice.

This year’s theme for the Day, “It Takes a Village,” focuses on how aid workers of all nationalities work together to alleviate extreme suffering.

The UN General Assembly designated the annual event in 2008 to commemorate the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 22 aid workers.

WHD has evolved to highlight different aspects of humanitarian action, mobilizing people worldwide to advocate for the broader humanitarian cause.
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