Beasley, director of the UN World Food Program, said the pandemic has put dozens of countries in immediate starvation danger.
In 2021, due to the effects of the pandemic, the world might face the worst humanitarian crisis over the last 75 years. David Beasley, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Program (WFP), announced this forecast on Friday, December 4. He spoke at a special meeting of the UN General Assembly dedicated to the fight against COVID-19 – together with Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“2021 will be literally a disastrous year based on what we see at this stage,” Beasley added that dozens of countries were facing imminent famine.
“Next year we will not be able to finance everything … so we will have to prioritize,” the head of the World Food Program said. He also called for rich countries not to overwhelm the poor in the fight for coronavirus vaccines.
WHO chief: talking about the global crisis
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in turn, called for an additional $ 4.3 billion (€ 3.5 billion) to be donated to a global program involving the equitable distribution of vaccines. “This is a global crisis, and solutions for its settlement on a fair basis must be available to everyone,” the head of WHO stressed.
Earlier this week, UN experts said that in the face of a pandemic in the coming year, emergency humanitarian assistance may require a total of 235 million people. The number of people in need of it has increased by a record 40 percent over the same last year’s period, according to the report of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – “Global Humanitarian Outlook 2021”. To provide support to UN aid funds, it is necessary to attract an additional 35 billion dollars (over 28 billion euros), experts said.
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