U.S. Statement at the Global Humanitarian Overview
As Delivered by Ambassador Bathsheba Crocker
On behalf of the United States, I would like to extend my thanks to OCHA for organizing today’s launch and to the panelists for a rich discussion.
Despite a lower funding request and lower estimates of those in need for 2024, in the context of climate change and the proliferation of complex and catastrophic crises, humanitarian assistance remains as vital today as ever.
We recognize and commend the efforts of OCHA, humanitarian country teams, and all our partners for the difficult work that has gone in to preparing this year’s Humanitarian Response Plans. The move towards a more targeted and prioritized approach is not an easy task, but it is essential.
There is still a lot of hard work in front of us to ensure these and other necessary changes lead to the transformations in the system we all envision – one that is well-resourced, accountable, locally-led, and effective.
The United States is proud to be the largest humanitarian donor, and we are committed to supporting robust and timely responses in 2024. But financing alone is not enough. All donors must do more to ensure that our funding aligns with the priorities you identify in response plans, and that our partnership models enable, rather than impede, the critical shifts we all desire.
We must also put our diplomatic, political, and technical resources to work to unlock progress on the biggest challenges ahead, including climate change. At COP28, we have highlighted U.S. efforts to enable humanitarian assistance to work better despite the intensification of the impact and severity of crises due to climate change.
Building on COP28, we will continue to work with International Finance Institutions, the private sector, and other donors to make it easier to access climate finance, particularly in fragile, conflict, and violence-affected settings. We will continue to support investments in Early Warning for All and Climate Information Services. We recognize the critical role of humanitarian assistance in addressing climate risks and supporting resilience.
In conclusion, we look forward to supporting OCHA and others in efforts to strengthen how we work together in 2024 and beyond, so that by this time next year we are in a better position to collectively address the humanitarian challenges ahead of us.