UNICEF appeals for $635 million in humanitarian assistance
GENEVA / NEW YORK – 29 January 2007 – UNICEF today launched its Humanitarian Action Report (HAR) 2007, calling on donors to provide $635 million to assist children and women in 33 humanitarian emergencies, ranging from Darfur to Haiti, Eritrea and the Central African Republic.
The HAR provides an annual overview of the agency’s emergency assistance programmes within the context of UN-wide appeals. The report sets out UNICEF’s relief activities and its financial requirements for meeting the needs of children and women.
“Many of the crises in which UNICEF operates are neglected because they are no longer considered emergencies by the public,” - Dan Toole, the Director of the Office of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF.
“Emergencies, both natural disasters and new or protracted conflicts, continue to take a toll on the lives of children and women around the world,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said today. “Life-saving activities are essential for those children in peril.”
Of the requested $635 million, nearly one-fifth of the total, US $121 million, is for Sudan, including programmes in the Darfur region. Continued conflict and insecurity there has disrupted the lives of an estimated four million people, including 1.8 million children. Children account for half of those forced from their homes.
Children struggle to survive elsewhere, displaced by emergencies that lack the global attention surrounding Darfur. Some children in Colombia are forced from their homes by violence or recruited to fight. High HIV/AIDS rates and chronic poverty and food insecurity mean Zambian children live in one of the world’s poorest nations. Many of Chad’s children have fled fighting in neighbouring countries, or their own.
“Many of the crises in which UNICEF operates are neglected because they are no longer considered emergencies by the public,” Dan Toole, the Director of the Office of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF, said from New York. “The crisis for children does not end when the media coverage ends, whether a child lives in Darfur or Haiti. As long as a humanitarian situation exists for children, UNICEF will be assisting.”
UNICEF’s emergency funding raised $513 million in 2006 (as of 1 November), covering 53 emergencies. Immediate tragedies continued to garner global media attention during the past year, but forgotten emergencies – highlighted in the HAR – received only 37 per cent of the funding required. Overall, UNICEF appeals for emergencies were 49 per cent funded.
Areas in critical need of funding include:
Relief and recovery activities include providing basic survival supplies as well as training in education, child protection and health and nutrition. With adequate resources, UNICEF can continue to support education by providing School-In-A-Box kits, treat children suffering from severe and moderate malnutrition, establish safe drinking water supplies and sanitation facilities, protect tens of millions of children against measles and malaria and assist in the demobilization and reintegration of child soldiers, among other essential programmes.
For further information, please contact:
Damien Personnaz, firstname.lastname@example.org, UNICEF Media, Geneva (41) 022 909 5716
Rafael Hermoso, email@example.com, UNICEF Media, New York (1) 212 326 7516
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