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Contributions to UN relief programmes fall short of needs

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The response to the recent United Nations funding appeal for relief programmes has fallen short of emergency needs, according to the latest estimates released by the office coordinating UN aid efforts.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported that of the $2.4 billion requested in the 1999 Inter-Agency Emergency Appeals to help maintain the UN's emergency operations worldwide, only $1.7 billion -- or 69% -- had been received from donors at the end of 1999.

The pre-final figures show that Southeastern Europe had received 80 per cent of the contributions requested, while Africa had received 72 per cent.

Some African countries such as Uganda and the Republic of the Congo, which are in urgent need of assistance, were well below the 20 per cent threshold, OCHA said.