AFP reports this as an achievement that will “prevent famine” in a region hit by extreme drought and “climate chaos”. Reuters, on the other hand, emphasizes that the target amount was seven billion dollars and the funds collected are completely insufficient.
“The people of the Horn of Africa are paying an outrageous price for a climate crisis of no fault of theirs,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres. “Crisis after crisis threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across the Horn of Africa: the longest drought in history, mass displacement after years of conflict and insecurity, soaring food prices,” Guterres added.
The Americans promised the most
The United States pledged the most new funds, $524 million (11.5 billion crowns), bringing the total amount provided by the US for 2023 to approximately $1.4 billion. The European Commission pledged $185 million (4.1 billion crowns), Germany $163 million (3.6 billion crowns), Britain $120 million (2.6 billion crowns) and the Netherlands $92 million (two billion crowns), reports Reuters .
“We need to adapt to the impacts of climate change and build more sustainable, fairer and more resilient food systems around the world. And we must support aid workers and NGOs who have dedicated their lives to saving human lives,” said US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
There is a threat of famine in North Korea, the country has reduced food rations to soldiers after 23 years
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