2018 Humanitarian Needs
In 2018, $24.88 billion was required to provide life-saving assistance to 96.2 million people devastated by wars and natural disasters. Through the generosity of a wide and geographically diverse group of donors $13.87 billion was raised to fund 21 Humanitarian Response Plans, 5 Regional Refugee Response Plans and 8 Other Appeals. This represents 56% of the total needs being funded. Providing humanitarian assistance is not just about funds but also about making actors more efficient and increasing communication and understanding across entities and sectors. In his second year as the UN Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy (HE), Dr. Ahmed Al-Meraikhi, undertook four main strategic objectives of advocacy and awareness; resource mobilization and policy development to address these needs of the humanitarian community in 2018. To achieve these objectives, Dr. Al Meraikhi focused on five key initiatives involving increasing bilateral engagement, tripartite partnerships, building relationships with the private sector, encouraging the UN’s new way of working and supporting specific UN agency initiatives through UNRWA and No Lost Generation. Within these initiatives, Dr. Al Meraikhi undertook 75 specific activities achieve his strategic objectives. While the first half of 2018 focused on building partnerships whether bilaterally with specific stakeholder or proposing trilateral partnerships between two donor countries with implementing projects through the UN. The last six months of 2018 focused primarily on Dr. Al Meraikhi’s efforts in more effectively bringing private sector actors into the humanitarian response.