Impending famine a focus of ECOSOC humanitarian segment, 15-17 Jul; OCHA launches appeal 18 Jul
(NEW YORK, 15 July) The urgent plight of people in Southern African nations - facing a lengthy drought, already-low nutrition levels, a worsening AIDS epidemic and in some cases political unrest - is one of the focal points of the humanitarian segment of the 2002 meeting of the Economic and Social Council, taking place 15 - 17 July in the ECOSOC Chamber at UN Headquarters in New York.
Mr. Kenzo Oshima, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, addresses ECOSOC on 15 July on the issue of, among others, relief for vulnerable populations, after returning from a recent mission to the Southern African region. On 18 July, he will launch an inter-agency funding appeal for Southern Africa, at a meeting starting at 9:30 a.m. in Conference Room Two at UN Headquarters.
Copies of the report of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on its regional assistance strategy will be made available to reporters later this week, under embargo until 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time, 18 July. The report covers Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and an additional section will be forthcoming on Angola.
Highlights of the ECOSOC humanitarian segment include:
Monday, 15 July
10:00 a.m. Address to ECOSOC by Mr. Oshima.
Tuesday, 16 July
10:00 a.m. Panel on complex humanitarian
emergencies, with UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, World Food Programme
Deputy Executive Director Jean Jacques Graisse, International Committee
for the Red Cross Director-General Jacques Forster, OCHA Assistant Emergency
Relief Coordinator Ross Mountain, and the UN Resident Coordinator for Burundi,
3:00 p.m. Panel on the transition from
relief to development, with UN High Commissioner for Refguees Luud Rubbers,
UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown, International Federation of the
Red Cross Secretary-General Didier Cherpitel, Deputy Special Representative
of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi, and OCHA Deputy
Emergency Relief Coordinator Carloyn McAskie.
Wednesday, 17 July
3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Panel discussion on "Challenges for humanitarian assistance in the last decade and into the future", on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of coordinated humanitarian action by the UN. (For detailed programme, contact David Chikvaidze at 1-212-963-9665).
For more information on ECOSOC, contact Tim Wall of the UN Department of Public Information at 1-212-963-5851; email@example.com. For inquiries on the Southern Africa funding appeal, contact Brian Grogan of OCHA, at 1-212-963-1143, firstname.lastname@example.org..
To obtain b-roll footage on the Southern African drought, contact Margaret Riddle of UN Television at 1-212-963-7653.
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.