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COVID-19 Poses the Greatest Challenge Yet to the U.N. Humanitarian System

Medical staff treat a patient inside the emergency ward of Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, during the COVID-19 outbreak, in Bhagalpur, Bihar in India on July 27, 2020.
Medical staff treat a patient inside the emergency ward of Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, during the COVID-19 outbreak, in Bhagalpur, Bihar in India on July 27, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

COVID-19 is a global menace, but its impact falls heaviest on the most vulnerable. The world needs to close the yawning gap between urgent humanitarian needs and funds available to meet them.

Originally published at World Politics Review

December 7, 2020
5:05 pm (EST)

Medical staff treat a patient inside the emergency ward of Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, during the COVID-19 outbreak, in Bhagalpur, Bihar in India on July 27, 2020.
Medical staff treat a patient inside the emergency ward of Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, during the COVID-19 outbreak, in Bhagalpur, Bihar in India on July 27, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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In my weekly column for World Politics ReviewI reflect on how conflict, climate change, and COVID-19 have created the greatest humanitarian challenge since the Second World War.

COVID-19 is a global menace, but its impact falls heaviest on the most vulnerable. In the world’s poorest states, the pandemic-induced recession threatens to throw decades of development into reverse and place hundreds of millions in desperate circumstances. Last week, the United Nations released its Global Humanitarian Overview, outlining the additional devastation in store if the multilateral system fails to close the yawning gap between urgent humanitarian needs and funds available to meet them. In other words, the list of global challenges the incoming Biden administration will face just got longer.

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For the world’s poorest nations, the main threat is not just the coronavirus itself, but the punishing knock-on effects of lockdowns and other preventive measures taken to combat it. Around the world, a sharp recession has caused unemployment to surge. Remittances have declined 14 percent, further reducing household incomes. Food prices have spiked, raising the specter of more famines that, until a few years ago, were thought to have been consigned to history. Schools have closed, and many students may never return. Children are no longer getting immunized, leaving them at the mercy of disease outbreaks. Women and girls are facing reversals in trends toward equality and, even more disquieting, falling victim to gender-based violence.

Read the full World Politics Review article here

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