The UN secretary Ban-Ki moon has appealed for faster humanitarian action to more than 125 million people world wide.
This is according to a report received by the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on Humanitarian Financing on finding solutions to the growing gap between the increasing numbers of people in need of assistance released on Monday 18, January 2016.
According to Ban Ki-Moon, urgent actions and cooperation are needed to counter the ever increasing funding gap in providing aid to millions who need help.
More than 125 million people need humanitarian assistance worldwide. We need to secure bold collective agreement for political solutions to crisis, pay greater focus on prevention
“More than 125 million people need humanitarian assistance worldwide. We need to secure bold collective agreement for political solutions to crisis, pay greater focus on prevention,” said Ban Ki-Moon
The United Nation’s panel on humanitarian financing, conducted a research on humanitarian actions to meet demands of the needy who are mainly based in Middle East and Northern Africa.
“This is an age of mega crises. Three out of four UN appeals for humanitarian funding for more than a billion dollars are in the Middle East and North Africa region,” he said.
The report has recommended for rapid and greater financial actions which include tapping into $560 billion Zakat donation and creating a solidarity levy to provide a steady flow of revenue to humanitarian aid.
The report also called for tripling the International Development Authority’s Crisis Response period and increase the funding capacity for emergencies in other development finance institutions in the affected areas.
Over $25 billion is spent on aid each year which is less by $15 billion. The demands have always outweighed the aid.
Kristalina Georgieva, European Commission, vice president for budget and human resources, outlined the need to close up the gap more so at this time when there is high demand for humanitarian actions in the Middle East and North Africa.
“Closing the gap would mean nobody having to die or live without dignity for lack of money and a victory for humanity at a time when one is greatly needed,” she said.
The report also outlined for the classification of the eligibility criteria to allow countries like Lebanon which experiences an influx of migrants to access the funds easily.