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22 Feb 2000 description

Press Release 00/08
Rome, 22 February - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is appealing for some $145 million in support of emergency activities in the poorest countries of the world. The money will fund the recovery and rehabilitation of agriculture in 13 countries (*) and the Great Lakes/Central Africa regions, which are suffering from natural or man-made disasters, FAO said in a statement released today.

18 Feb 2000 description
report IRIN

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for Central and Eastern Africa
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129

18 Feb 2000 description
report IRIN

Bureau de Coordination des Affaires Humanitaires - IRIN
Pour l'Afrique Centrale et de l'Est

Tél: +254 2 622 147
Fax: + 254 2 622 129
E-mail: irin@ocha.unon.org

(du 12 au 18 février 2000)

REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO: L'attaque sur Uvira repoussée

18 Feb 2000 description
report IRIN

ERITREA: Government, UNHCR dismiss "opposition" claims

16 Feb 2000 description

On the eve of the National Summit on Africa in Washington DC, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) called on all African governments to accede to or ratify the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and to implement it fully by assisting victims of landmines, removing mines already laid, destroying stockpiled mines, and never again using, producing or exporting this insidious weapon. Africa, the most heavily mined continent in the world, knows all too well the devastation wrought by this weapon long after conflicts cease.

14 Feb 2000 description

Harvesting of the 1999/2000 secondary "Deyr" cereal crop, normally accounting for some 25 percent of annual cereal production, is underway. Preliminary estimates of the area planted indicate an increase of about 18 percent compared to the previous Deyr season for the sorghum crop, to 190 000 hectares and an increase of 4 percent for the maize crop, mainly in irrigated areas, to nearly 100 000 hectares. At crop establishment, the total cereal production for the 1999/2000 Deyr season is, therefore, forecast at about 130 000 tonnes, 85 percent above the post-war (1993-1998) average.

14 Feb 2000 description

Consolidated UN report prepared by the Information Section of the UN Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia from information and reports provided by specialised UN agencies, media sources, the Ethiopian Government and NGOs.

11 Feb 2000 description


Following is the text of an address by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, delivered upon receiving an honorary degree from Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, on 11 February:

It is a special pleasure for me to receive this honorary degree from your distinguished University. I know that it is not only me you are honouring today; you are also paying tribute to the United Nations and its global mission of peace. On behalf of the United Nations community, let me express my sincere gratitude for this recognition.

09 Feb 2000 description

Host countries must be responsible for the security of humanitarian workers and must punish the perpetrators of crimes against humanitarian workers, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Catherine Bertini, told correspondents at a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon.

09 Feb 2000 description

The Foreign Minister of Argentina, Adalberto Rodriguez Giavarini, addressed correspondents at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon. The Foreign Minister, who in his capacity as Security Council President, was presiding over today's Council meeting on protection of United Nations personnel, associated personnel and humanitarian personnel in conflict zones, was accompanied at the press conference by the Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations, Arnoldo Manuel Listre.

09 Feb 2000 description

Primary responsibility rests with host government, Cunningham says

09 Feb 2000 description
report UN Security Council

Press Release SC/6803
Thirty-one Speakers Address Council, Including Deputy Secretary-General, World Food Programme's Executive Director

The Security Council this afternoon urged States to act promptly and effectively in bringing to justice all those responsible for violence against United Nations and associated personnel and humanitarian workers.

07 Feb 2000 description

An upsurge in violent attacks and continued militia and factional rivalries, as well as increased militarization, are seriously impairing the delivery of humanitarian assistance to thousands of people in increasingly desperate need throughout many areas of southern Somalia. The prospect of escalating conflict amongst contending militia forces in some of those regions could lead to even greater suffering amongst civilian populations, and compound the considerable difficulties humanitarian workers already must face.

03 Feb 2000 description

This report includes: A) Kenya - drought B) Somalia C) Uganda D) Angola E) Indonesia - East Timor F) Afghanistan G) Colombia - war displaced.

02 Feb 2000 description
report IRIN

SOMALIA: Famine alert in Bakol region