|On 19 February, a girl stands inside her school at the Djabal refugee camp, near the south-eastern town of Goz Beida in Ouaddai Region.|
This year’s appeal, released January 27, is seeking just over $1 billion to assist children and women in 36 countries. The amount sought is some 17 per cent higher than UNICEF’s 2008 appeal, largely because of increased needs in eastern and southern Africa.
The report notes that over half the funds are to continue UNICEF support to victims of the five largest global humanitarian operations: in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
The report also notes that higher food prices and climate change have negatively affected most of the countries for which emergency aid is sought. UNICEF has initiatives in place to address nutrition insecurity, but more resources are required to ensure the response meets urgent 2009 needs. According to recent studies cited in this year’s HAR, the risk of hunger could increase for some 50 million people worldwide by 2010 as a result of climate change.
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GENEVA, 27 January 2009 - UNICEF appeals for just over $1 billion to help children and women suffering in emergencies.
AMMAN / DUBAI, 9 April 2008 -Arabic Humanitarian Action Report 2008 launched today in Dubai
GENEVA, 12 February 2008 - UNICEF appeals for $856 million to aid children and women in emergencies
GENEVA / NEW YORK – 29 January 2007 - UNICEF appeals for $635 million in humanitarian assistance