UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Catherine Bragg to visit Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 12 Oct 2012

UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Catherine Bragg will visit Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe from 15 to 20 October 2012.

The visit aims to take stock of the humanitarian challenges in the region, and support national and regional efforts to promote disaster risk reduction including resilience and preparedness.

Across the region, more than 5.5 million face food insecurity due to the impact of recurrent natural disasters such as droughts and floods, and rising food prices. She will meet with Government officials and humanitarian partners to discuss ways to strengthen partnerships to mitigate the impact of disasters on vulnerable communities.

In Botswana on 15 October, Ms. Bragg will meet representatives from the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC). She is expected to discuss how United Nations agencies and other humanitarian partners can better support SADC’s humanitarian response and disaster preparedness efforts.

While in South Africa, she is scheduled to meet with the Minister of International Relation and Cooperation Maite Emily Nkoana-Mashabane to discuss South Africa’s increasingly active role in supporting international and regional humanitarian efforts.

In Zimbabwe, Ms. Bragg is expected to meet with Government officials and the aid community to discuss food insecurity and disaster resilience.

For further details on media opportunities during the trip, and to set up interviews with Ms. Bragg, please contact Hein Zeelie (OCHA Southern Africa) – zeelie@un.org, + 27 82 908 144 – and Matilda Moyo (OCHA Zimbabwe) – moyo1@un.org, +26 37 72 125 285.

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