NEW YORK: United Nations Children’s Bureau UNICEF appealed on Monday for $ 1.6 billion, more than doubling the initial request for money two months ago to help children who are already suffering through humanitarian crises and are now hit with coronavirus pandemic.
UNICEF said it has received $ 215 million so far since the end of March.
The new coronavirus causing COVID-19 respiratory disease has infected about 4.1 million people globally, and more than 282,000 have died, according to a Reuters vote. The virus first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
“We’ve seen what pandemic does with countries with developed health systems, and we are concerned about what it would do for countries with weaker systems and less available resources, ”said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
UNICEF is focusing its pandemic response on countries with existing humanitarian crises by working to prevent transmission and less of the impact of coronaviruses on access to health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education and protection.
“The pandemic is a health crisis that is rapidly becoming a crisis situation for children,” Fore said. “These funds will help us respond to the crisis, recover from its demand and protect children from its knock-on effects.”
A UNICEF analysis found that about 77 percent of children, or $ 1.8 billion, live in one of the 132 countries with some form of movement restriction in place.
The United Nations more than tripled its appeal to help vulnerable countries fight the spread and destabilizing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, asking for $ 6.7 billion Dollars to help 63 states mainly in Africa and Latin America.
ONE. Secretary General Antonio Guterres You have raised concerns about inadequate support for poor countries and lamented a lack of leadership from world powers and a fragmented international community in the fight against coronavirus.
Despite more than six weeks of negotiations UN-15 members The Security Council has been unable to agree on a draft resolution that ultimately aims to support a March 23 call by Guterres on a ceasefire in the global conflicts so the world can focus on the pandemic.
The negotiations have been prompted by opposition between China and the United States as to whether they should be mentioned World Health Organization. The United States does not want a citation that China has insisted on including, while some other members see the mention – or not – of the WHO as a marginal issue, diplomats said.