G7, Gulf states pledge $1.8 billion to UN aid agencies

The G7 and Gulf states have pledged an additional $1.8 billion in aid to UN aid agencies. The agencies are facing budget shortfalls as they respond to some 60 million people affected by conflict.

The announcement came as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said UN aid agencies were “broke” and unable to provide the “bare minimum” for refugees in conflict areas such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq and South Sudan.

The $1.8 billion (1.6 billion euros) in additional funds would go largely to the UN refugee agency and the World Food Program, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday after a meeting of foreign ministers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Germany currently holds the G7 rotating presidency.

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