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OCHA High-level pledging event on the Horn of…

OCHA High-level pledging event on the Horn of Africa

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On 24 May, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Governments of Italy, Qatar, the United Kingdom and the United States, in collaboration with the Governments of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, will convene a High-level Pledging Event to Support the Humanitarian Response in the Horn of Africa.
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Objectives Secure scaled-up resources to address the unprecedented humanitarian needs in the Horn of Africa in 2023 and beyond.Highlight the capacity and commitment of humanitarian partners to implement lifesaving and life-sustaining assistance across the three countries.Discuss the underlying factors affecting the Horn of Africa and explore opportunities and practical, long-term solutions, including how to promote and resource climate adaptation. To save lives among affected communities, funding of humanitarian response plans for the Horn of Africa, totaling about US$7 billion in 2023, must be frontloaded and allocated at scale. There is a critical need to invest in livelihoods, resilience, infrastructure development, climate adaptation and durable solutions to ensure those affected can recover from the ongoing crisis, adapt, and thrive in the future.  Opening segment: This segment will include brief statements from Italy, Qatar, the United Kingdom, the United States and the United Nations, as well as Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.High-level panel discussion: A distinguished panel will discuss the current humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa, focusing on addressing the root causes and exploring long-term solutions.Statements and announcementsClosing segment: Closing remarks will be made by H.E. Mr. Antonio Tajani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy and Ms. Joyce Msuya, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (TBC), on behalf of the co-hosts The Horn of Africa is experiencing its most severe and protracted drought in decades. Across the Horn of Africa, at least 31.9 million people require lifesaving and life-sustaining assistance, including 17.2 million in Ethiopia, 8.25 million in Somalia, and 6.4 million in Kenya. Hunger and food insecurity are of particular concern. Water insecurity is leading to a rise in diseases and protection risks, further compounding the situation. The recurring climatic shocks, widespread food insecurity, and reduced livelihood access are exacerbated by persistent conflict and resultant displacement, contributing to sustained humanitarian needs and ongoing complex emergencies. 
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