UN humanitarian aid coordinator calls for more funding for Venezuela – AméricaEconomía

The UN Assistant Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, on Tuesday called for more resources from the international community to care for at least 5.2 million people from Venezuela’s most vulnerable sectors.

The UN’s humanitarian response plan for OPEC member states for 2022-2023 requires $795 million for the year, which has raised about $170 million so far, aimed at supporting health care, food and strengthening the provision of basic services such as water, Griffiths’ office said in a statement. a statement.

Human rights activists in Venezuela have highlighted that at least 7, out of the country’s 28 million population, need humanitarian assistance and that extreme poverty increased from 67.7% in 2019 to 76.6% last year, when aid plans from the United Nations had targeted for raised US$ 708 million and earned approximately US$ 380 million.

They also highlight that South American countries have taken issue with crises such as Ukraine, Syria and Yemen, while donor countries such as the UK have reduced their budgets in international aid.

Donors are “making important efforts to mobilize humanitarian support for the Venezuelan people, but we need to do more,” Griffiths said at the end of a two-day visit to Caracas on Tuesday, where he met with government and opposition representatives.

“Significant humanitarian needs continue to exist. It is more important than ever that the international community continues to show solidarity with the Venezuelan people, ensuring that the most vulnerable, including women, children and the elderly, are not left behind.”

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