Global Humanitarian Appeal Launch 2013





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Published on Dec 14, 2012

The United Nations today called for US$ 8.5 billion for aid agencies to help 51 million people cope with humanitarian emergencies in 2013.

The Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) for next year, launched in Rome by UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy, seeks funding to assist people in sixteen of the world's most pressing crises.

The Appeal reflects an effort by 520 international aid organizations -- including UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and other international organizations -- to calculate detailed and costed response plans for the year. It will be used as a basis for humanitarian operations and resource allocations throughout 2013.

The largest appeal, seeking $1.3 billion, will provide life-saving assistance to 3.8 million people, including nearly quarter of a million malnourished children in Somalia. Other top appeals are for South Sudan ($1.15 billion) and Sudan ($983 billion) where conflict and displacement have affected hundreds of thousands of people.

Funding is also sought for crises in DRC ($893 million), Kenya ($743 million), Yemen ($716 million), Chad ($501 million), Afghanistan ($477 million), Niger ($380 million), the occupied Palestinian territories ($374 million), Mali ($370 million), Mauritania ($180 million), Burkina Faso ($138 million), Zimbabwe ($131 million), Central African Republic ($129 million) and the Philippines ($35).

Eight of the sixteen appeals are higher than those for the same countries in 2012, including dramatic increases for Mauritania and Mali in the Sahel region of West Africa. In Mauritania, over a million people require urgent food aid and more than 100,000 children suffer from malnutrition. In recent months, food insecurity has extended into areas that were not affected earlier in 2012. Conflict and displacement in northern Mali continue to exacerbate the food and nutrition crisis throughout the region. There are now more than 200,000 Malian refugees in neighbouring countries including Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania.

The CAP also serves as a detailed work plan for the humanitarian community. It helps aid organizations coordinate operational plans and funding requests in a more strategic and comprehensive way.

Video Credit: WFP


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