UN humanitarian financing group co-chairs arriving in Moscow urge increase of private donations

The co-chairs of the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, which exists under the aegis of the United Nations, are hoping for an increase in private donations for Russia's humanitarian needs.

The co-chairs of the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, which exists under the aegis of the United Nations, are hoping for an increase in private donations for Russia's humanitarian needs.

"We hope that private giving to humanitarian causes will increase globally because humanitarian funds still come predominantly from governments around the globe," European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva and Malaysian Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak, who co-chair the group, said in a joint written interview to Interfax on Sept.6.

"For instance, last year the Russian Federation supported the World Food Program alone with more than US$66 million, funds that made a difference from Afghanistan to Armenia," the co-chairs said.

They added that during their visit to Moscow on September 7-8 they are planning to discuss the global humanitarian situation and humanitarian financing "with high-ranking counterparts in the Russian government."

They are also planning "to reach out to religious leaders to seek their views."

"Humanitarian assistance is a noble cause and it should have the broadest possible support - in Russia as well as everywhere else on this planet," the co-chairs said.

Georgieva and Sultan Nazrin will be in Moscow on a working visit on September 7-8. They will hold meetings at the Russian foreign-affairs, finance and emergency situations ministries.

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