The United Nations has said it is in need of a US$111 million budget for humanitarian aid to North Korea this year, Radio Free Asia reported Friday.
Citing the world body's March 2018 Needs and Priorities plan, the U.S.-funded broadcaster said the World Food Program and four other U.N. bodies operating in Pyongyang, and five European civic bodies plan to engage in humanitarian aid to 13 million North Korean residents who are in chronic food insecurity.
The budget comprises $38.5 million in nourishment projects, $37 million in health projects, $26 million in food security projects and $9.5 million in water hygiene projects.
The report also said the U.N. received only 30 percent of a $114 million budget for last year's humanitarian aid to the North as international sanctions on the North contributed to a decline in donations that it needs to support vulnerable North Korean people. The U.N. planned to provide humanitarian aid to 18 million North Koreans but only 6.5 million North Koreans benefited from it, it said. (Yonhap Newa)