In order to strengthen its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations has appealed for extra funding.
In its request, the United Nations has appealed for a further $4.7bn in funding to “protect millions of lives and stem the spread of coronavirus in fragile countries”. The money is expected to cover costs of the humanitarian response plan until December.
The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock said in a statement that the “most devastating” effects of the coronavirus pandemic would be felt in the world’s poorest countries.
He added. “Unless we take action now, we should be prepared for a significant rise in conflict, hunger and poverty. The spectre of multiple famines looms.”
Calling for “extraordinary measures”, the UN says donors, dealing with their own crises, have already pledged more than $900m to help the poorest countries, but it is warning that much more is needed.