UN short on funding for emergencies this year

The United Nations lacks $2.5 billion of its required funding of $4.4 billion to address humanitarian crises this year. U.N. emergency relief coordinator John Holmes said the percentage – 43 percent – is higher than the previous years but still not enough in view of the emergencies in Sudan, Somalia and Palestinian territories. “What we are talking about is really a few cents in the GDP (gross domestic product) of countries, the main donors, which are of course rich countries,” Holmes told reporters in Geneva. (Source: UN still needs $2.5 billion for worst crises/Reuters)

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