Germany Calls for EUR 10 Billion Permanent UN Crisis FundEurope | June 10, 2017, Saturday @ 21:34| 113 views
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German Development Minister Gerd Mueller, citing hunger crises in eastern Africa, said the United Nations should create a permanent EUR 10 billion (GBP 8.78 billion) crisis fund, with contributions to be based on a country’s financial strength, Euronews reported.
“The catastrophe is already upon us,” Mueller said in an interview with the German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse, published on Saturday. He pointed to dire conditions in countries such as Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Ethiopia.
Mueller said the United Nations estimated the financial needs in eastern Africa alone amounted to USD 4 billion to USD 5 billion. Creating a fund that would be continually restocked would make it easier to respond to recurring humanitarian crises, he said.
“We need to accomplish this as a world community,” he said. Ethiopia, for example, will run out of emergency food aid for 7.8 million people hit by severe drought by the end of this month, the Ethiopian government and humanitarian groups have said.