Un Humanitarian Chief Hopes Japan Gives More Aid

UN humanitarian chief hopes Japan gives more aid

The chief of the United Nations' humanitarian affairs hopes that Japan will make a bigger financial contribution to global humanitarian challenges.

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, said he wishes for Japan to play a bigger role during an interview with NHK in Tokyo on Tuesday.

He said he hopes Japan will act as a responsible nation and support other countries in their time of need.

Lowcock added that he would like to find ways for the country to take a stronger position and offer more financial assistance to meet humanitarian challenges.

The context of the remarks is that the government of US President Donald Trump has suspended its dues payments to some UN organizations.

Observers fear that the move by the UN's top contributor may adversely affect UN humanitarian activities.

Japan contributed humanitarian aid worth 8.7 million dollars in 2016, the 8th most in the world.

As for North Korea, he stressed that if there is the need for humanitarian aid, it should be extended separately from the country's missile and nuclear development.

He said it may be appropriate for him to visit the country to see the humanitarian situation and see if things need to be done to save children's lives.