The head of the World Food Program has made dire predictions for the months ahead, heralding “catastrophic” humanitarian crises for 2021, in what could be the worst year for most of the century.
WFP chief David Beasley sounded the alarm at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, called to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and global efforts to mitigate its impact. He warned that some 270 million people are now “March to famine” and that in some countries famine is “On the horizon.”
“2021 will be literally catastrophic, from what we see at this point in the game,” Beasley said, adding that “Because we have spent $ 19 trillion, that money may not be available and probably will not be available for 2021” even though the economic contractions have already started.
We now literally consider 2021 to be the worst year of humanitarian crisis since the United Nations began, and we’re going to have to step up.
While Beasley said the pandemic and government lockdown policies are causing the worrying trends – saying the “Healing could be worse than illness due to economic ripple effect” – he noted that “Man-made conflict” also had a role to play, naming the ongoing wars in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan.
“We have to end some of these wars. We must put an end to these wars in order to be able to achieve the sustainable development goals that we so desire ”. he said, describing the conflicts, the health crisis and the impending famine “Icebergs in front of the Titanic.”
If we’re strategic and put the funds in front of us for these icebergs, I believe we can move on to 2021, while we work with vaccines and rebuild economies.
In August, the WFP chief said the number of malnourished people could soar by 80 percent by the end of the year, warning of a “Famine of Biblical Proportions” because millions are at risk of starving to death. UNICEF, meanwhile, predicted in May that in 118 low- and middle-income countries, 1.2 million children under the age of five could die within the next six months, explaining the spike in the decline. access to medical care. “Due to lockdowns, curfews and transportation disruptions.”
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