UN Releases Figures on Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Efforts

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations' humanitarian relief agency says it has provided more than $48 million this year for crisis and emergency response efforts throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including North Korea and Burma.

In a report released Thursday, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the money has gone to support recovery efforts in war-torn Sri Lanka and in Mindanao, a southern Philippines island which has been devastated by four decades of violent insurgency.

The agency says funding has also gone to address North Korea's continuing food crisis and a number of natural disasters, including flooding in the Philippines and Bangladesh, and an earthquake that struck Nepal, China and Bhutan in September.

OCHA says 16 Asia-Pacific countries have committed nearly $23 million to its Central Emergency Response Fund. Australia is the biggest contributor with nearly $14 million, followed by Japan with $3 million.

In overall humanitarian funding in the region, Japan is the largest contributor with $510 million, followed by Australia with $218 million.

The agency said five Asia-Pacific nations — Australia, Japan, China, South Korea and New Zealand — have provided $275 million toward the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, accounting for 18 percent of worldwide contributions to that cause.