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Good morning, this is Kasmira. We’re deviating today from our usual Friday focus on “what works” to what could work – that is, if the UN’s calls for a record-shattering $41 billion in funds to meet global humanitarian needs in 2023 were met.

As the organisation’s aid chief Martin Griffiths conceded to reporters on Wednesday, it’s a “phenomenal” request but the consequences, if not met, risk being more dramatic and fatal for millions. Read the key takeaways, written by our friends at The New Humanitarian and republished below.

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Kasmira Jefford


💸 The UN’s record 2023 humanitarian funding plea

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Martin Griffiths speaking at the launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview 2023. (Credit: UNTV)

More hunger, more displacement, more people in crisis, and a soaring price tag: humanitarian needs and costs will once again shatter records in 2023, but available funding – and the system itself – isn’t keeping pace.

The cost of UN-backed humanitarian response plans will reach $51.5 billion in 2023, according to a funding appeal released 1 December by the UN’s emergency aid coordination arm, OCHA. It’s $10.5 billion more than the figure for the start of 2022.

“It’s a phenomenal number, and it’s a depressing number,” Martin Griffiths, the UN’s relief chief, told reporters in Geneva.

The tally is a first look at the UN’s projections for the scale of emergency needs in 2023. It doesn’t include responses planned by the global Red Cross movement or more independent NGOs like Médecins Sans Frontières, but it’s based on country-level or regional planning, fed into by major UN agencies and international and local NGOs, from Afghanistan to Venezuela.

Read the full story on Geneva Solutions

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C’est Prévu Emmy Lusila at the Maison des Anges in Kinshasa. (Credit: C’est Prévu Emmy Lusila)

🎧The heroine of Kinshasa. She is one of the laureates of the Young Activists Summit taking place today at the UN in Geneva. C’est Prévu Emmy Lusila established “Maison des Anges”, an orphanage that helps street children in Kinshasa, with the association “La Voix de l'Espoir", at the age of just 18 and now takes care of dozens of children daily. Read her interview on TV5 Monde or listen to the podcast below.

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