19 August 2016
World Humanitarian Day Triggers Emergency Funding Increase Call
“World Humanitarian Day presents the Turnbull Government with an opportunity to show leadership in our region by increasing its Humanitarian Emergency Fund to $240 million as part of an overall increase to the aid budget,” said Director of the Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne.
The Campaign for Australian Aid welcomed the Australian Government’s new humanitarian strategy, but called for additional funding to ensure its effectiveness.
“While it’s encouraging to see the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Julie Bishop launching this strategy in Melbourne, more funding is needed to enable humanitarian aid workers to respond to emergencies both quickly and effectively,” said Mr Milne.
“We’re seeing an unprecedented demand for emergency relief as natural disasters and climate change are negatively impacting more people living in the poorest parts of the world.
“Most of the Horn of Africa is now impacted by drought and those in Ethiopia and Somalia are among the worst hit. The current crisis is being compounded by some of the strongest El Niño weather patterns we’ve seen on record,” said Mr Milne.
“With over 130 million people requiring emergency assistance, funding shortages often result in dire consequences, hampering humanitarian operations and resulting in the unnecessary loss of lives.”
World Humanitarian Day is celebrated annually to honour aid workers and volunteers. Events will be held around the world on 19 August to shine a light on their courage and to celebrate the theme of ‘One Humanity.’
If you’d like to arrange an interview or photo opportunity with Mr Milne, please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133.
About Campaign for Australian Aid
The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Australia coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups. Authorised by Tony Milne, 1/4 Solwood Ln, Blackburn VIC.