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15 Dec 1999 description

This is the last of three annual issues of this report prepared by the FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) on the food supply situation and cereal import and food aid requirements for all countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The report is designed to provide the latest analysis and information on the food situation in these countries to governments, international organizations and other institutions engaged in relief operations.

08 Dec 1999 description
report Oxfam

In Africa, millions of lives are being threatened by wars that have driven people from their homes and ruined their livelihoods. However, peace could be attained by an immediate increase in international humanitarian assistance and a long-term political commitment to uphold peace agreements.

15 Nov 1999 description

Press Release 99/70 C/5
Rome, November 15, 1999 -- While increasing numbers of people face food emergencies, the causes are changing, suggest two UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports released today. "For the first time, human induced disasters such as civil strife and economic crises have more effect on food shortages than nature-induced crises," said Dr. Hartwig de Haen, Assistant Director General of FAO.

12 Nov 1999 description
report UN General Assembly

Press Release GA/SHC/3558 - 19991112
Hazards from Internal Strife Said to Complicate Work of Agency; Stability, Post-Conflict Recovery Now Critical to Relief Efforts

Refugee issues today could not be discussed without reference to security, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) this morning as it began considering questions related to refugees.

01 Nov 1999 description

November 1999

As of January 1999, there were 6.3 million people of concern to UNHCR in Africa, out of an estimated 21.5 million worldwide. The Africa figure includes 3.3 million refugees, 1.6 million internally displaced and 1.3 million former refugees who have recently returned home. In January 1998, the global number of people of concern to UNHCR was 22.3 million, of whom 7.3 million were in Africa.

Among the 10 largest return movements in 1998, seven were to African countries. These were:

Liberia: 235,700
Sierra Leone: 193,800
DRC: 62,400

06 Oct 1999 description
report UN General Assembly

As the General Assembly this morning began its consideration of the Secretary-General’s annual report on the work of the Organization, many speakers expressed strong support for his call to change the culture of the United Nations from one that reacted to crises to one that prevented them, while several speakers highlighted the difficulties and implications of such a change.

13 Sep 1999 description

I. The Landmine Problem Today
II. Determining the Extent of the Problem: Surveys and Assessments
III. Mine Clearance Efforts
IV. Mine Awareness Efforts
V. Mine Action Coordination
VI. Planning Mine Action for a Mine-Free World
Prepared for the Meeting of the Standing Committee of Experts on Mine Clearance
Geneva - 13-15 September 1999
by Norwegian People's Aid, Mine Action
Thematic Coordinator for Landmine Monitor


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.

31 Aug 1999 description
report UN General Assembly

General Assembly
Official Records
Fifty-fourth Session
Supplement No. 1 (A/54/1)

20 Aug 1999 description
report Mail and Guardian

The United Nations secretary general has appealed to donor countries to open their eyes -- and their coffers -- to Africa's suffering, writes Victorian Brittain

13 Aug 1999 description

Jerome Hule, PANA Correspondent
NEW YORK, UN (PANA) - With its appeal to the international community in support of its humanitarian operations in Africa largely unheeded, the UN said Thursday that a desperate situation faced 12 million victims of war and natural disasters on the continent.

12 Aug 1999 description

As at 31 July, the United Nations had not received about $352 million of the $796 million requested from donors for the 1999 humanitarian appeal for Africa, Under-Secretary-General Sergio Vieira de Mello said at a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon. About 70 per cent of the total amount requested would have been required by now in order to meet needs adequately, he added.

07 Jul 1999 description

RNIS Update - July 1999

Angola. The recent insecurity in Angola continues to create massive humanitarian needs. Surveys and assessments have confirmed the critical nutritional situation. Humanitarian assistance is severely hampered due to reduced access caused by insecurity. Many of the cities in the Central Highlands are experiencing near siege-like conditions. An influx of IDPs into the provincial capitals has created public health crises affecting both the resident and displaced populations.