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NEW YORK, 10 December 2007 (IRIN) -

The UN has launched a US$3.8-billion appeal to provide emergency aid to 25 million people next year as they struggle to survive conflict, climate-related disasters and other humanitarian crises.


The proportionate scale of the appeal was a point stressed by Ban as he broke down the $3.8 billion total among 25 million beneficiaries. "This means $152 per person in need - or, put another way, for every $100 of national income in developed countries, a few cents of humanitarian aid," he said.

The 2008 appeal includes five fewer countries than in 2007. In the cases of the Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Burundi, humanitarian needs have declined thanks to the efforts of past appeals and can now be handled as part of reconstruction and development planning.

Among the 24 countries targeted are the Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, the occupied Palestinian territories, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe.