In a joint statement at the weekend the United Nations humanitarian agencies called for the utmost respect of international humanitarian law by all parties in the ongoing Middle East conflict. “Gaza was a desperate humanitarian situation before the most recent hostilities. It is now catastrophic. The world must do more,” said the UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WFP and WHO statement on humanitarian supplies crossing into Gaza, on 21 October. The statement which did not name the warring parties, described the humanitarian crisis and called for a humanitarian ceasefire and immediate access for distribution of aid supplies.
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Monday 23 October 2023
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Wednesday 2 December 2020
The shock of COVID-19 has pushed the number of people who need humanitarian assistance worldwide to a record high – up by 40 per cent compared to the same time last year. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said yesterday that humanitarian aid budgets face dire shortfalls as the impact of the global pandemic continues to worsen and called for the world to mobilize resources and “stand in solidarity with people in their darkest hour of need." Multiple famines loom on the horizon for poor countries.