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‘2021 going to be catastrophic,’ UN officials warn as organization faces worst year in history since inception after WWII
The executive director of the World Food Program made a dire forecast about the months to come, slating catastrophic humanitarian crises for 2021, in what could be the worst year seen in the better part of a century.
WFP chief David Beasley sounded alarms at a United Nations General Assembly meeting on Friday, convened to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and worldwide efforts to blunt its impact. He warned that some 270 million people are now “marching toward starvation” and that, in some countries, famine is “around the horizon.”
“2021 is literally going to be catastrophic, based on what we’re seeing at this stage in the game,” Beasley said, adding that “because we’ve spent $19 trillion, that money may not, and will not most likely be available for 2021,” even as economic contractions have already begun.
We’re now looking literally at 2021 being the worst humanitarian crisis year since the beginning of the United Nations, and we’re going to have to step up.