Botuar: E martė, 08 nėntor 2005 - 13:57 CET
So far, the UN's special earthquake appeal hasn't done as well as hoped. Only about a fifth of the money requested has actually been given. Even when pledges which have yet to be honoured are included, that's still less than a third of the total of three hundred and twelve million US dollars. Oxfam has now released figures which show many of the world's richer nations have failed to give, what it calls, their fair share, a proportion of the total calculated according to the size of their economy. On that basis, it highlights Japan, Germany, the United States and Italy as countries which it says have given less than a fifth of their fair share. Others, including France, Belgium, Austria and Finland, have yet to give at all, it says.
While some high profile emergencies are well funded, such as the UN appeal for Iraq two years ago and the tsunami appeal, Oxfam says many UN appeals are dismally under-funded. The gap between an emergency appeal being announced and funds actually being received can mean the difference between life and death for many thousands of people involved, it argues. Oxfam wants to see current UN plans for a special Global Emergency Fund both speeded up and better honoured. The new fund was approved by world leaders in September. It's supposed to act as a centralised UN pot of money, which can be handed out in emergencies. But so far that too, says Oxfam, has failed to attract a fifth of the funding it needs.
Jill McGivering, BBC Asia
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yet to be honoured
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i (e) botuar
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high profile emergencies
emergjencat e ndihmės tė publikuara gjerėsisht
are dismally under-funded
qė nuk kanė fondet e duhura
a centralised UN pot of money
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