Next year is shaping up to be a humanitarian catastrophe. The reason is the increase in the number of people who are on the verge of starvation. This was stated by the Executive Director of the UN World Food Program David Beasley.
“2021 is literally going to be catastrophic based on what we’re seeing at this stage of the game,” Beasley said, adding that for a dozen countries, famine is “knocking on the door.”
He said 2021 was likely to be “the worst humanitarian crisis year since the beginning of the United Nations” 75 years ago and “we’re not going to be able to fund everything ... so we have to prioritize, as I say, the icebergs in front of the Titanic.”
In this regard, he called on world leaders and international organizations to pay attention to funding the fight against hunger.
As we reported earlier, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated that 130 million people in the world might be on the verge of starvation.
According to the speech of the UN Secretary-General published on the UN website, the level of hunger in the world increases again. As of today, 690 million people in the world suffer from a lack of food. António Guterres noted that currently, it is necessary to act decisively to prevent the problem.
“We must strengthen health systems, social protection, and we must have food systems as key part of the future. On the other hand, we need to ensure healthy diets for all and to minimize food waste. We need food systems that provide decent and safe livelihoods. So, clearly, the question of food is central in a sustainable and inclusive recovery,” the message said.