With displacement at a record high, UNHCR urges rethink of global humanitarian financing
UNHCR - Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:37 GMT, 30 Sep 2014
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GENEVA, September 30 (UNHCR) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres warned today that the global humanitarian system has become dangerously overstretched by new crises in the Middle East and Africa and continuing unresolved conflicts in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and elsewhere.
In an unusually frank assessment, Guterres told the annual meeting in Geneva of UNHCR's governing Executive Committee, that growth in global humanitarian funding - already at a record high in 2013 of US$22 billion - is no longer keeping pace with accelerating needs, requiring a fundamental rethink of both humanitarian and development financing.