UN humanitarian coordinator calls for more efforts to prevent crisis

September 26, 2015

The UN Humanitarian Aid Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, explained today that requests for funds for humanitarian assistance around the world exceed 20,000 million dollars and advocated making adequate investments to mitigate risks and prevent crises.

“Humanitarian crises are the most extreme conditions that people face. If we can manage the risks properly, the benefits will flow to other areas, including mitigation of climate change and efforts to promote development, ”said O’Brien at a high-level meeting dedicated to assessing the future of humanitarian funding .

He highlighted in his speech that the funds requested for humanitarian aid rose 600 percent in a decade. This year, the majority of resources will go to five emergencies that have persisted for years: Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The UN coordinator added that humanitarian organizations have also become providers of urgent basic services for health care, sanitation, supply of drinking water or education.

Stephen O’Brien said that if the expectations generated by post-2015 development initiatives are to live up, the current humanitarian aid system will have to change.

It also encouraged overcoming persistent reluctance to donate funds to small organizations or local groups. However, she assured that these groups, and especially women’s organizations, are key to creating resistance to crises and improving the situation in the communities.

September 26, 2015

The UN Humanitarian Aid Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, explained today that requests for funds for humanitarian assistance around the world exceed 20,000 million dollars and advocated making adequate investments to mitigate risks and prevent crises.

“Humanitarian crises are the most extreme conditions that people face. If we can manage the risks properly, the benefits will flow to other areas, including mitigation of climate change and efforts to promote development, ”said O’Brien at a high-level meeting dedicated to assessing the future of humanitarian funding .

He highlighted in his speech that the funds requested for humanitarian aid rose 600 percent in a decade. This year, the majority of resources will go to five emergencies that have persisted for years: Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The UN coordinator added that humanitarian organizations have also become providers of urgent basic services for health care, sanitation, supply of drinking water or education.

Stephen O’Brien said that if the expectations generated by post-2015 development initiatives are to live up, the current humanitarian aid system will have to change.

It also encouraged overcoming persistent reluctance to donate funds to small organizations or local groups. However, she assured that these groups, and especially women’s organizations, are key to creating resistance to crises and improving the situation in the communities.