The Director of the United Nations World Food Program, David Beasley, warned that the year 2021 will be “catastrophic” for humanitarian crises around the world, as those crises will increase by 40 percent from this year.
Beasley’s words came on the sidelines of a press conference devoted to the Covid-19 epidemic, which was held in New York, where the United Nations General Assembly holds its annual meeting, in which the Director of the World Health Organization also participated.
Earlier this year, the United Nations issued forecasts that the number of people needing humanitarian aid in the coming year would reach 235 million around the world.
These expectations come at a time when countries are fighting the health and economic crises resulting from the Covid-19 epidemic, in addition to avoiding the possibility of famines, strikes, and armed conflicts.
And last Wednesday, Secretary-General of the Organization, Antonio Guterres, called on the world to take greater action on climate change and “end the war on nature,” adding that “the planet is wounded.”
“Famine is knocking on the doors of dozens of countries around the world,” Beasley said, which covered the meeting, adding that the coming year “may witness the worst humanitarian disasters since the inception of the United Nations.”
“We won’t be able to finance everything … so we have to set priorities,” Beasley said.