Groups like UNICEF and the World Food Program a stand at the ready to provide life saving assistance to Syrians caught in conflict, but they do not have enough money to fully fund their humanitarian response.
Amidst upheaval in the Central African Republic, a UN official summed up the UN's deep fears for the country in one sentence. "This is a region with very little absorbtive capacity," he told the UN press corps today.
The wealthiest city in the most powerful country on the planet is poised to get hit by an epic storm. Things will be bad, but the city of New York and the federal government of the United States has the capacity and wherewithall to manage this crisis. But what happens when a storm or natural disaster of equally destructive magnitude hits a place that does not have that same ability to deal with a natural disaster?
Coordinating and delivering humanitarian relief is what the UN does best. It is also one of the most chronically under-funded aspects of the UN's work. Beyonce is leading a day of action, on social media and in the real world, to raise the profile of global humanitarians.