UK and OCHA hold summit to raise funding to prevent famine in Somalia
International donors committed to supporting the humanitarian situation in Somalia during a High Level meeting in London co-hosted by the UK government and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The UK government didn't specify how much was raised, but said "with additional commitments made at this meeting, Somalia’s partners have now committed some $350 million USD to the Humanitarian Response for 2018", adding that "a number of key donors made clear their intention to confirm substantial new pledges in the next few weeks."
Mark Lowcock, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator commented that, while progress had been made, Somalia continued to face a crisis, unless "substantial new resources" could be found. The event was attended by 31 UN Member States, UN Agencies, international organizations, and non-governmental organisations.