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Benin + 38 others
Secretary-General seeks $4.7 billion for twenty-six humanitarian crises in 2006

(New York: 30 November 2005): United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for $4.7 billion to provide urgent support to 31 million people in humanitarian emergencies in 26 countries worldwide.
"The past year has demonstrated our tremendous capacity for giving," said the Secretary-General. "This Humanitarian Appeal is an opportunity, which must not be missed, to extend that generosity to people whose plight may not capture the world's attention, but whose suffering is no less tragic. In a world of plenty, continued
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Benin + 28 others
UN SG requests generous support for 2006 appeal aimed at those most desperate, saying 'they need our assistance and they need it now'

SG/SM/10241, IHA/1122
Following are UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's remarks at the launch of Humanitarian Appeal 2006 at Headquarters, 30 November:

I speak to you today on behalf of 31 million victims of calamity in 26 countries. They desperately need your help. I am here to seek it.

Through this Appeal, we ask for $4.7 billion on behalf of people who are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. They are the survivors of conflicts, natural disasters and often, terrible combinations of the two.

They are women and children threatened