New Research says 800% increase in UN Appeals for Extreme Weather-related Emergencies

Oxfam International said the money needed to aid communities in extreme weather conditions has increased by more than 800% in the past two decades, but donor nations are failing to keep up. 

“For every $2 needed for UN weather-related appeals, donor countries are only providing $1,” Oxfam stated in a press release published on Tuesday.  

According to the report, the economic toll of extreme weather events in 2021 was $329 billion worldwide – almost double the aid given by first-world nations to poorer countries. 

From the year 2000 onwards, the UN needed an average of $1.6 billion in funding each year for extreme weather events funding, and by 2019 through 2021, the UN needed an “average of $15.5 billion each year — an increase of more than 800%.” 

“Climate change is harming, and will continue to harm, Black, Indigenous, and people of color and other vulnerable communities first and worst — disrupting their livelihoods, culture, health, and way of life,” Oxfam America’s senior climate policy adviser Russell Armstrong said.  

“Even though the economic toll of climate change, estimated between $300 billion and $500 billion globally, is on par with government subsidies for fossil fuels, calls for solutions have gone unheard,” Armstrong added. 

According to the report, the countries with the most recurring appeals after extreme weather crises include Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe. 

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