Pakistan tops needy list in 1.4-bn-dollar UNICEF annual aid appeal

March 8th, 2011 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI  

United Nations, Mar 8(ANI): The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has requested 1.4 billion dollars in its annual appeal to assist children and women caught in crises, with the bulk of that fund needed for Pakistan and Haiti.

UNICEF is requesting 296 million dollars for Pakistan and 157 million dollars for Haiti, according to the report.

The financial needs for emergencies in the Asia-Pacific region have significantly increased, and represent the region with the highest funding request of 373 million dollars, the Daily Times reported. Of the total funding for Asia, a whopping 80 per cent is needed for assistance to Pakistani children and women affected by conflict and last year’s floods.

The requirements for Latin America and the Caribbean have increased eightfold, mainly as a result of emergency situations in Haiti and the addition of the Guatemala appeal.

“Investing in children and building the resilience of countries and communities living on the edge not only shortens their road to recovery, but also helps them to manage anticipated risks before a crisis strikes and to mitigate loss when it does,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson said in a statement. “Granting vulnerable communities the skills to face and withstand risk is an increasingly important component of humanitarian action, and an area to which UNICEF is deeply committed,” the agency stated. (ANI)

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