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17 Jun 2009 description

New York, 17 June 2009

Desertification and land degradation affect one third of the Earth's surface, threatening the livelihoods, well-being and development of as many as 1 billion people. Faced with long periods of drought, famine and deepening poverty, many have only one option: flight from the land. There are already an estimated 24 million environmentally induced migrants.

09 Jul 2001 description

EMBARGO: 6:00 am, EST; 12:00 pm (noon), local time in Zambia
Lusaka, 9 July 2001

President Chiluba,
Secretary-General Salim,

29 Sep 1999 description

Press Release - SG/SM/7153 - AFR/177 - 19990929

09 Sep 1999 description

The humanitarian community faces a major challenge today from the increase in the number of natural disasters, and by a recent upsurge in armed conflict, according to Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his 1999 report on the work of the Organization, which is being released today.

26 May 1999 description

SG/SM/7005 - AFR/145 - 19990526

Following is the text of the message of Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the Organization of African Unity (OAU) "Africa Day" Conference, delivered on his behalf by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast in London on 26 May:

27 Nov 1998 description

Press Release
Following is the text of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's address to the Africa-France Summit in Paris on 27 November: