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    UN reports record humanitarian aid shortfall

    Globe and Mail
    Laura MacInnis
    GENEVA — Reuters
    Last updated on Tuesday, Jul. 21, 2009 11:31AM EDT

    The United Nations on Tuesday revealed a record $4.8-billion funding gap for its 2009 aid projects as a result of strained foreign assistance, widespread economic trouble and a ten-fold increase in needs in Pakistan.

    “This recession is driving up humanitarian needs,” UN Emergency Relief Co-ordinator John Holmes told a news briefing in Geneva, where he held meetings with donor nations who will soon set their 2010 aid budgets.

    A financing report prepared for those sessions stressed that the United Nations has received less than half the $9.5-billion it sought for humanitarian work this year. Yet some 43 million people need assistance this year, up from 28 million in 2008.
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    Perhaps rather than treating symptoms, the UN may want to re-examine its accounting and procurement practices to more efficiently use the money they do have...
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    Quote Originally Posted by IntelTrooper View Post
    Perhaps rather than treating symptoms, the UN may want to re-examine its accounting and procurement practices to more efficiently use the money they do have...
    Of course, that would require that the UN politicos be actually accountable to someone - unlikely .
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    Quote Originally Posted by marct View Post
    Of course, that would require that the UN politicos be actually accountable to someone - unlikely .
    Much easier to call for more money and point accusing fingers....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Blair View Post
    Much easier to call for more money and point accusing fingers....
    Too true - just ask any Canadian, we know all about overpriced bureaucrats and politicos ! It's really too bad since tehre actually are people who believe in public service although, I'll admit, they're rare as hen's teeth at the UN !
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    Quote Originally Posted by marct View Post
    It's really too bad since tehre actually are people who believe in public service although, I'll admit, they're rare as hen's teeth at the UN !
    Although I realize its said partly in jest, Marc--but I will say I know a great many UN folks who put enormous effort into their work precisely because they believe in what they are doing.

    On the broader issue of UN effectiveness, there are certainly inefficient UN staff and UN organizations. Those working frontline humanitarian assistance, however, generally do it quite well--and that's what the press report is addressing.

    (I could add, on the issue of cost-effectiveness, that the $9.5 billion that the UN is seeking for 43 million people in crisis is equal to less than 2% of the US defense budget.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex Brynen View Post
    (I could add, on the issue of cost-effectiveness, that the $9.5 billion that the UN is seeking for 43 million people in crisis is is equal to less than 2% of the US defense budget.)
    I think many here would be in agreement that US defense spending is also way out of control.
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    Hi Rex,

    Quote Originally Posted by Rex Brynen View Post
    On the broader issue of UN effectiveness, there are certainly inefficient UN staff and UN organizations. Those working frontline humanitarian assistance, however, generally do it quite well--and that's what the press report is addressing.
    Agreed on the frontline crowd - I know some of them and part of my dislike of the UN as an organization stems from watching good people trying to do a hellish job while parasites suck up their resources.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IntelTrooper View Post
    I think many here would be in agreement that US defense spending is also way out of control.
    no question...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken White View Post
    no question...
    I accept this award on behalf of all sarcastic, repressed, overtaxed Americans..
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    Quote Originally Posted by marct View Post
    Hi Rex,



    Agreed on the frontline crowd - I know some of them and part of my dislike of the UN as an organization stems from watching good people trying to do a hellish job while parasites suck up their resources.
    Quite so. I don't slag the dedicated frontline folks. It's the bloated bureaucracy that tends to get me.
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