828 million people worldwide are undernourished, said Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in Berlin. For the poorest and weakest in particular, it is “literally a matter of life and death”. The world is in a food crisis of historic proportions, Baerbock said. The additional money should be used to increase humanitarian aid so that people in the flood areas in Pakistan and the Horn of Africa can be supplied with food, as well as people in parts of Ukraine devastated by Russia who are facing a hard winter.
Baerbock demands concrete commitments at the COP27
According to the Federal Foreign Office, the main drivers behind the increase in global misery are climate change, armed conflicts and the consequences of the pandemic. The additional funds decided by the Bundestag to combat the food crisis will be divided as follows: 495 million euros will be allocated to the Federal Foreign Office for humanitarian aid, another 495 million euros will be implemented by the Development Ministry and the remaining 10 million euros by the Federal Ministry of Food.
The German Foreign Minister spoke of a “sign of hope”. All states that could help should join. At the same time, the additional funds “should not remain a drop on a stone that is getting hotter and hotter”. Concrete commitments are needed at the world climate conference in Egypt in order to achieve the Paris climate target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius if possible. The climate crisis is “one of the biggest drivers of global hunger,” said Baerbock.
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According to the Federal Foreign Office, Germany has expanded its humanitarian commitment over the past ten years: from around 270 million euros in 2012 to 2.7 billion euros in the current year. With the additional payment, German humanitarian aid will reach a new high. This means that Germany will remain the second largest donor after the USA this year.
qu/kle (epd, kna, dpa)