Crises affect more people, last longer and conflicts
remain the main cause of humanitarian and protection needs. The Overview of the
global humanitarian situation presents detailed, prioritized and costed plans on the
how the United Nations and its partner organizations will respond to these needs in
around the world
(Geneva, 4 December 2018) – The world faces humanitarian needs
extremely high, mainly due to armed conflict which causes enormous suffering
and in 1959, nearly 132 million people around the world will need humanitarian assistance.
The United Nations and its partner organizations aim to help 93.6 million people
among the most vulnerable with assistance in food, shelter, health care, education,
protection and other basic assistance, according to Overview of the Global Humanitarian Situation 2019
(GHO) presented today in Geneva by Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark
The required financing in 2019 is US $ 21.9 billion. This figure does not include
funds required for Syria, which will be confirmed upon completion of the Response Plan
Humanitarian 2019 for Syria. Total funding requirements, including those for Syria,
should be around the current required funding of almost $ 25 billion. Mid-November
this year, donors secured record funding of $ 13.9 billion, or 10 percent
more than at the same time in 2017, which had already set a record.
“Despite the growing generosity of donors, every year there is a gap between what is
requested and the funding received, “said Mr. Lowcock. “Quick action and funding
such as risk insurance and the financing of contingency plans, can help to
remediate. Improved coordination with development programming in
2019 can also help reduce future funding requirements by addressing root causes
humanitarian needs and building community resilience. “
In recent years, the average duration of humanitarian response plans – individual plans
by country that when combined form the annual GHO – went from 5.2 years in 2014 to 9.3 years
in 2018. The number of people affected, and the funding required to meet their needs, have also increased year by year. Chronic crises of great
extent received the majority of the resources. Between 2014 and 2018, the crises in Somalia,
South Sudan, Sudan and Syria alone accounted for 55 percent of all
funding requested and received
Natural disasters and climate change also had a high human cost. The
disasters affect an average of 350 million people each year and cause
billions of dollars in damage.
The humanitarian community continues to provide help, more consistent, better, and could
reach millions of people in 41 countries in 2018 through response plans
coordinated. For example, every month, humanitarian actors bring food aid to
8 million Yemenis, as well as supplies, medical aid and protection to 5.4
millions of Syrians, all this despite increased threats to worker safety
“The humanitarian system today is more effective than ever. We are better at
Identify vulnerabilities and special needs of different groups and answer
more quickly to the catastrophes that occur. Response plans are now more
Inclusive, understanding, innovative and prioritized, “Lowcock said.
The affected people themselves contributed to these coordinated response plans across
face-to-face interviews and local assessments. In addition, networks
dedicated to the protection of sexual exploitation and abuse are active in 20 countries.
“Overview of the 2019 Global Humanitarian Situation” and “Data and Trends”
Global Humanitarian 2018 “are available online: www.unocha.org/globalhumanitarian-overview-2019
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Note to Editors:
The Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 is based on Response Plans
humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria,
Occupied Palestinian Territory, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria [à l’exception des
financements requis]Ukraine and Yemen.
The total funding requested also includes the persons included in the Plan of
regional response for refugees and the resilience of Syria and for refugees and migrants from
Other response plans are presented but not included in total funding
requested. They include: Regional Refugee Response Plans for Burundi,
DRC, Nigeria and South Sudan, and country plans for Bangladesh, the Republic of
Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Pakistan and the Philippines.
The “Global Humanitarian Data and Trends 2018” report focuses on
trends and opportunities in humanitarian action, It is part of OCHA's efforts to
to improve data and analysis of humanitarian situations around the world and build
a community of humanitarian data.