Mark Lowcock: I Represent the Interests of Those Who Need Help
The new Under-SecretaryGeneral of the UN for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, in an interview with the UN News Service, said that the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in the world has reached 145 million more than ever before.
Surely, it was about Myanmar. According to daily reports, Rohingya people arriving in Bangladesh are in a deplorable situation.
One of the largest humanitarian supplies for people fleeing from Myanmar was sent from Uzbekistan.
Answering the question as to whether there is light at the end of the tunnel and how justified the accusations that the UN is not doing enough are, Lowcock noted that the key to overcoming the Myanmar crisis is in Myanmar, as its roots are there. “Our task is to help 480,000 people who fled to Bangladesh to escape death”.
The flow began to increase on the first weekend after he took up his duties in early September, the Under SecretaryGeneral pointed out. He said he allocated funds from the Emergency Response Fund, which helped increase the amount of aid. Since then, Lowcock stressed, the problem has grown, has become even more complex and large-scale, so the operation has been continuing to expand. The official informed that he intends to visit Bangladesh in the near future to make sure the process is going in accordance with the plan.
According to UN estimates, at present some kind of assistance is provided to 80 percent of all arriving in Bangladesh, but the international community should not stop there. And in this regard, the UK-born Lowcock underscored, the global body relies on further generous support from donors, since the scale of the crisis turned out to be greater, much more extensive than expected. “We must join hands with the Government of Bangladesh. This country demonstrates exceptional solidarity and generosity, and we must help them”.