According to the UN, amid the growing need for humanitarian aid to states which required it, the organization itself has faced a huge shortage of funding for such aid and a reduction in humanitarian programs for other countries.
This has been directly caused by the special attention of rich donor countries to the situation in Ukraine, the other armed conflicts taking place on our planet, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, the food crisis and the Afghan crisis, which have subsided somewhat so far.
In addition, a major international organization has pointed out that funding for humanitarian programs lags behind the very essential needs that urgently have to be met today. We are talking particularly about such “simple” needs as water and food, as well as education and electricity.
According to the U.S. newspaper The New York Times, wealthy countries have increased their contributions to the UN this year, but they have not covered the basic needs of the so-called vulnerable. According to UN Undersecretary Martin Griffiths, $48.7 billion will be needed in 2022 to help more than 200 million people, but in seven months less than a third of the needed amount has been raised.
According to the UN, the EU, the U.S., Canada, and Japan currently provide the most assistance to this organization. The sharp contrast has become particularly noticeable in the world, as so much money has been allocated for assistance programs for Ukrainians, while most people in various parts of the world already lack the funds to pay for housing, electricity, etc. At the same time, donor countries leave it up to the UN where the organization can and should direct financial resources. Incidentally, the UN previously reported that 11 million girls and women from Afghanistan are in dire need of all kinds of support.
Catherine Mahoney of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said humanitarian organizations are now forced to make “heartbreaking choices.” According to her, the conflict in Ukraine has showed that it is possible to effectively mobilize funds to help the country when there is political engagement. “The main flow of humanitarian aid is directed to this very country, while the rest of the world has to pay for the consequences of military action in Ukraine,” Mahoney said.
According to the latest UN data, the number of Ukrainian citizens who have left their country since the start of the special military operation has exceeded 6.6 million people. In June of this year alone, $12.9 billion in humanitarian aid to Ukraine exceeded the cost of the UN global humanitarian response plan for COVID-19, for which $9.5 billion was allocated.
The United Nations has expressed great regret that the conflict that has been going on in Ukraine for six months has overshadowed the importance of combating climate change. And it is hard to disagree with that.