UN calls for funds to ease ‘deteriorating’ humanitarian situation in Gaza and West Bank

UNRWA/Taghrid Mohammad Palestinian refugee residing at UNRWA ciollective shelter at Khan Dunoun Camp, Syria (2015).

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

The need for aid in the occupied Palestinian territory has increased, following a year that has seen a “serious deterioration in the humanitarian situation,” said Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the region, in a statement on Monday.

Mr. McGoldrick’s comments were released as part of the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan for the occupied Palestinian territory, which calls for $350 million to assist 1.4 million people, the maximum number of people that the UN can, he said, realistically reach in the current “non-conducive political and resource climate.”

“Our plan for 2019 prioritizes assistance for people assessed as being most in need of protection, food, health care, shelter, water and sanitation,” said Mr. McGoldrick. “It enables us to maximize limited funding. But much more is needed, and we stand ready to do more, if funding and operational space are improved.”

The Humanitarian Coordinator described 2018 as a challenging year for UN agencies and aid workers in the region, particularly in Gaza. There were recurrent outbreaks of violence and a significant rise in casualties from demonstrations at the border fence between Gaza and Israel, referred to by Palestinians as the “Great March of Return.”

Since March, over 150 Palestinians have reportedly been killed, and more than 10,000 injured, by Israeli forces in connection with the demonstrations: consequently, the funding requested for health services in 2019 has gone up, reflecting the surge in demand on an already overburdened health sector in Gaza.

The economy of Gaza is also a cause for concern, he added: the World Bank described it as being in “freefall” in a September press release, with unemployment, poverty and food insecurity on the rise. Mr. McGoldrick said that an increase in partner funding is expected, in order to meet the most urgent needs of those living in the occupied territories, to protect the rights of those living under occupation, and provide basic services for the most vulnerable.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

London wants to treat violent crime like a disease

Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

Opposite cultures: Should it be a problem?

COP21 Breaking News_08 December: Cities & Regions Launch Major Five-Year Vision to Take Action on Climate Change

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: #NoTobacco Day, China’s economy, family farming, #ClimateAction

Assault on key Yemeni port would endanger 300,000 children and ‘choke off’ aid for millions more: UNICEF chief

New report says better metrics could have prompted stronger response to the crisis

4 ways to make your wardrobe more sustainable

Modern society has reached its limits. Society 5.0 will liberate us

We need to protect 30% of the planet by 2030. This is how we can do it

Bangladesh: Head of UN refugee agency calls on Asia-Pacific leaders to show ‘solidarity’ with Rohingya refugees

Commission Vice-President Rehn exaggerates Eurozone’s growth prospects

Half of all violent deaths involve small arms and light weapons

The quality of health education around the globe

Economic growth ‘exceeds expectations’ but trade tensions are rising: UN report

PM May fosters chauvinism, declares trade war on Europe

Finance for SMEs: Alternative supply mechanisms do exist

The migration crisis is slowly melting the entire EU edifice

MWC 2016 LIVE: Intel focuses on 5G “beyond the Powerpoint”

Parliament approves key directive regulating professional qualifications

These countries are all building brand-new cities

To protect trust in the 4IR, we need to become experts in distrust

The new crisis is already creeping into the financial system

The art of care goes beyond borders: one has to understand the individual as a whole

Cyber-Risk Assessments: the vaccine for companies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The West definitively cuts Russia off from the developed world

Somalis ‘will not be deterred’ by Friday’s terror attacks – UN chief

International community agrees on a road map for resolving the tax challenges arising from digitalisation of the economy

EU budget 2019 approved: focus on the young, innovation and migration

This team of Saudi women designed an award-winning app to make the Hajj safer

UN recognises role of sport in achieving sustainable development

‘Critical test’ for North Korea’s Government as civilian suffering remains rife, warns UN rights expert

Immigration crisis at its very worst: EU to outsource rescue business to North Africa?

Amazon, a pair of shoes and my Data Privacy walks away

Security of 5G networks: EU Member States complete national risk assessments

7 steps to becoming a ‘CEO Academy’

Is co-living an answer to the affordable housing crisis?

More than one million sexually transmitted infections occur every day: WHO

This is how much the US-China trade war could cost the world, according to new research

US migrant children policy reversal, still ‘fails’ thousands of detained youngsters: UN rights experts

The Ukrainian crisis to destabilize Europe and the world for a long time

EU-US relations on the dawn of the Trump era

For Youth Rights: steps forward for better protection.

Lebanon: UN rights office calls for de-escalation of protest violence

Risks rising in corporate debt market

The road ahead to building a more sustainable world

UN chief encourages victims of terrorism to ‘raise up their voices’

Why Opportunity Zones could be key to transforming our cities

New rules on drivers’ working conditions and fair competition in road transport

UN cultural agency removes birthplace of Jesus from its list of heritage sites in danger

Asylum: deal to update EU fingerprinting database

NEC @ European Business Summit 2014: The Digitally Enabled Grid

Eliminating waste at scale – eight opportunities for blockchain

Available mental health services: is it only about professionals or institutions?

‘All efforts must be made’ to ensure peaceful elections for Guinea-Bissau, Security Council hears

8 fascinating and fearsome frontiers of science you should know about

Is sub-Saharan Africa ready for the electric vehicle revolution?

Joint UN-Red Cross appeal to end rising sexual violence as a weapon of war

What little Cameron got in Brussels seems enough to keep Britain in the EU

Climate change recognized as ‘threat multiplier’, UN Security Council debates its impact on peace

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s