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New York/Canadian-Media: Thousands of displaced women in Nigeria suffering from hunger and food insecurity rely on the UN to survive, UN News reports said.
The world currently faces unprecedented catastrophic levels of acute food insecurity, according to UN agencies, and around $6.6 billion is needed urgently, to support 41 million in danger of sliding into famine.
To ramp up support, the United Nations on Monday convened a high-level event, calling for international action, before it is too late.
Close to half a million people are experiencing famine-like conditions (IPC phase 5, under the official classification) in Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Sudan and Yemen. In recent months, vulnerable populations in Burkina Faso and Nigeria have also been subjected to these same conditions.
In addition, 41 million people worldwide face emergency levels of food insecurity (IPC 4), only one slip away from the edge of famine, representing a 50 per cent increase in just two years.
Millions more are experiencing crisis levels of acute food insecurity (IPC 3) and are at real risk of rapid deterioration.
A toxic mix Opening the event, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs said that “when famine finally opens the door, it goes viral in a way that other threats perhaps don’t.”
Mr. Griffiths thanked donors, saying that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has been able to ramp up humanitarian operations in high-risk countries, such as South Sudan, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, and Yemen, where the UN agency currently reaches 10 million people each month.
Mr. Griffiths warned, though, that it is time to redouble efforts and to show that the world can collectively rise to this challenge
“There is time, not much, and we need it to happen,” he said.
According to Mr. Beasley, there is $400 trillion of wealth in the world today and, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, billionaires were averaging a net worth increase of $5.2 billion a day.