For 2012, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees will need $3.59 billion to continue programs for the displaced.
This is the figure the agency will be asking from donors — apart from the $3.42 billion for 2013 — at its annual pledging conference in Geneva on Thursday (Dec. 15).
The budget will be divided as follows:
$2.7 billion – global refugee program (half of which will be for operations in Africa).
$575.7 million – internally displaced.
$246.4 million – global reintegration activities.
$329 million – programs for HIV and AIDS, water and sanitation, and energy projects, plus headquarters and regional support.
$268 million – operational reserves for unforeseen needs and emergencies.
The budget is $260 million lower than the 2011 budget, but with the global economic situation still in a weak state, will donors rise up to the occasion?
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