The United Nations is appealing for 4.7 billion dollars to support 31 million people affected by war, natural disasters and other catastrophes in Uganda and 25 other countries during 2006.
Launching the 2006 Humanitarian Appeal on Wednesday, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the appeal consolidates requests for relief projects of U.N. agencies and nongovernmental organizations. The assistance is targeted to boost projects in Uganda, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Chechnya, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire and Guinea. Others are Liberia, Palestinian Territory, Nepal, Republic of Congo, Somalia and Zimbabwe.
Another $766 million is needed in the coming year for appeals initiated in 2005 for the South Asian earthquake, the Indian Ocean tsunami, Malawi, Guatemala, and West and Central Africa cholera.
Jan Egeland, U.N. humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, said the United Nations has never ever asked for so much money, but is doing so now because of the unusually large number of natural disasters and the expansion of programs in countries plagued by violence and conflict.