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05 Nov 2012 description

The Security Council’s work programme for November will be packed not only with discussions of difficult situations around the world, but also with business not completed at the end of last month, the Permanent Representative of India, which holds the body’s presidency for the month, told correspondents at Headquarters this afternoon.

01 Aug 2011 description

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With more than $1 billion in aid still needed, images emerging from the Horn of Africa of starving women and children must serve as a “wake-up call” to donors, said the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today, as she briefed correspondents on that region’s worst drought in 60 years.

23 Dec 2010 description

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During its participation in the Security Council over the last two years, Mexico had focused on strengthening the role of conflict prevention and resolution; the promotion and protection of human rights and international humanitarian law; and enhancing transparency of the Council, the country's Permanent Representative, Claude Heller, said today at Headquarters.

Briefing correspondents on Mexico's work in the primary body …

02 Dec 2009 description

Burkina Faso, December's President of the Security Council, had organized an open debate on "drug trafficking as a threat to international security" on 8 December, that country's Permanent Representative Michel Kafando said today at Headquarters.

Briefing correspondents on the Council's programme of work for the coming month, the subject for that debate was a timely choice, as drug trafficking in West African States such as Guinea Bissau, Guinea and Cape Verde had taken on worrying dimensions and was afflicting not only the subregion, but also countries in Latin …

03 Nov 2009 description

This month's President of the Security Council, Thomas Mayr-Harting from Austria, today briefed correspondents on November's programme of work, which will include a debate on protection of civilians in armed conflict chaired by Austria's Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Mayr-Harting said speakers during that debate ?? to take place on 11 November ?? would include the Secretary-General and possibly the High Commissioner for Human Rights or her designee.

02 Oct 2009 description

During the month of October, the Security Council would hold two open debates in which non-Council Member States could participate, respectively, on "women, peace and security" and on the situation in the Middle East, Council President Le Luong Minh, the Permanent Representative of Viet Nam, said today.

Briefing correspondents on the Council's work programme, Ambassador Le, who's country holds the 15-member body's rotating presidency for the month, said the debate on "women, peace and security" would take place on Monday, 5 October, and would focus on the …

16 Sep 2009 description

Les besoins d'aide humanitaire sont en augmentation dans les zones de conflit comme dans les zones sans conflit, a prévenu le Secrétaire général aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence.

16 Sep 2009 description

While donors had responded "remarkably generously" to United Nations consolidated appeals for emergency aid, they had nevertheless provided less than half of what was required this year to address the needs of people facing severe humanitarian crises around the world, the top United Nations relief official said today.

During a press conference at Headquarters today, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, announced that the $4.6 billion collected in response to the mid-year review of the consolidated appeals this past July was the highest amount ever, in …

21 Jul 2009 description

John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefed journalists this afternoon in Geneva following a mid-year review conference with Member States on the status of the 2009 consolidated humanitarian appeals. Mr. Holmes was joined by Gregory Starr, Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security and Misikir Tilahun, the Head of Programmes for the non-governmental organization Africa Humanitarian Action, who also responded to questions.

Overview Of Status of 2009 Consolidated Appeal


02 Apr 2009 description

The Security Council was closely monitoring developments in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, but it could not prejudge them, Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, Council President for April, said today at a Headquarters press conference.

"If there is a need for international action by the international community, they will ask for a meeting of the Security Council," he said of several delegations, including Japan, which were monitoring the situation.

Outlining the Council's programme of work for the month, he said the first of three open debates would …

03 Feb 2009 description

Because the Security Council was entrusted with reacting "promptly and effectively" to threats to international peace and security, informal consultations were "extremely important" in broadening understanding and agreement through interactive discussion, Yukio Takasu (Japan), Council President for February, said today.

Describing the programme of work for the month at a Headquarters press conference, he said the mandate of the peacekeeping operation formerly known as the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) would end on 15 February.

19 Sep 2008 description

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The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, warned today that the food security situation in the Horn of Africa was becoming critical because of the combined effects of drought and rising food prices, as well as conflict in some cases, and he appealed to the international community to immediately provide more funds.

Speaking at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon, Mr.

19 Sep 2008 description

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Le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence, M. John Holmes, a lancé aujourd'hui un appel à la communauté des donateurs pour qu'elle se mobilise de manière urgente afin d'éviter une aggravation de la situation humanitaire dans la corne de l'Afrique.

Lors d'un point de presse organisé au Siège de l'ONU, à New York, M.

14 Aug 2008 description

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) had been not only successful, but vital to ensuring stability in its area of operation, Major General Claudio Graziano, the Force Commander, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

Outlining the mission's accomplishments since its expansion by the Security Council in resolution 1701 (2006), Major General Graziano said that UNIFIL, working with the Lebanese Army, had maintained the ceasefire in southern Lebanon and accomplished the largest …

11 Jul 2008 description

The top United Nations humanitarian official called today for scaled-up efforts to address a severe humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, caused by a combination of drought and soaring food and oil prices.

Speaking at a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Uganda and Kenya were in, or sliding rapidly towards, a humanitarian emergency, with some 14 million people in urgent need of food aid and other humanitarian assistance.

02 Jul 2008 description

The Middle East, African issues, and an open debate on children and armed conflict will constitute the focus of the United Nations Security Council's work programme during July, Le Luong Minh, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam and Council's President for the month, told correspondents at a Headquarters press conference in New York today.

Briefing on the Council's programme of work during his country's presidency, Mr.

02 May 2008 description

Briefing correspondents on the Security Council's programme of work for the month of May, John Sawers of the United Kingdom highlighted an open debate on post-conflict peacebuilding on 20 May as 'the centrepiece' of his country's Presidency of the Council this month, aiming to address a gap in the international capability to rapidly respond to the immediate needs on the ground, restore law and order and get the government and economy functioning following the end of a conflict.

He said his delegation would be circulating a concept paper on the issue, and the United …

04 Mar 2008 description

The President of the Security Council, Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation, told correspondents today at Headquarters that one of the key events of the Russian presidency would be an open debate on Afghanistan, to take place on 12 March.

Mr. Churkin said his presidency had started in a stormy way, with meetings on Gaza on Saturday, 1 March, and a meeting on non-proliferation in Iran on 3 March.

03 Jan 2008 description

Unfortunately, and as usual, January would be an Arab-African month in the Security Council, Giadalla A. Ettalhi ( Libya), the 15-member organ's incoming President, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

Briefing the media on the Council's provisional work programme for January, he said some 75 per cent of it was devoted to Arab and African issues.  However, it was not an exclusive programme of work and the Council could tackle other matters if necessary.

02 Jan 2007 description


NEW YORK, 2 January (UN Staff Union) -- Last year was another deadly year for United Nations civilian staff as well as peacekeepers, according to the United Nations Staff Union and its Committee on the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service, with at least 22 United Nations personnel killed in Haiti, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Sudan, Afghanistan and southern Lebanon. There were also numerous violations of the independence of the international civil service around the world and staff members were detained or expelled in …