Humanitarian Conference on the DRC to held on April 13
Geographical expansion of the humanitarian needs and worsening situations in existing crisis hotspots all require a step change of the response of the international community to address life-threatening humanitarian and protection needs.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and the European Union are hosting a Humanitarian Conference on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday 13 April 2018, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
In response to the dramatic deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2017, humanitarian actors have launched an appeal for USD 1.68 billion for 2018, the largest ever funding appeal for the country.
The humanitarian situation has drastically worsened over the last year. A surge of violence forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee. The country is already beset with one of the world’s largest and most complex humanitarian emergencies. Food insecurity and malnutrition have deteriorated. A 30 per cent increase from 2017 year means that now 7.7 million people are left food insecure and over 2 million children at risk of severe acute malnutrition. Girls and women have suffered horrific sexual and gender-based violence. 4.3 million of people are struggling to survive in displacement. Overall, 13.1 million people urgently require humanitarian assistance.
The funding is needed to urgently assist some 10.5 million Congolese people in 2018. Geographical expansion of the humanitarian needs and worsening situations in existing crisis hotspots all require a step change of the response of the international community to address life-threatening humanitarian and protection needs.
The DRC is also at the centre of one of the most complex, but forgotten refugee crises globally. Almost 750,000 Congolese have sought international protection in neighbouring countries. The risk of further displacement both within and beyond borders remains high, with a disastrous impact on the precarious humanitarian situation in the DRC and the region.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, together with 30 humanitarian partners, have launched an appeal for USD 504 million, to address the needs of an anticipated 807,000 refugees in Angola, Burundi, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Southern Africa in 2018