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19 Nov 2002 description

At a Headquarters press briefing today, Carolyn M. McAskie, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), announced the launch of the Inter-agency Consolidated Appeals for 2003. Being held in capitals around the world, the Appeals are $3 billion for 50 million beneficiaries in countries experiencing humanitarian crises.

12 Jun 2001 description

Given that use of child soldiers was still pervasive around the world, the international community must move much faster towards establishing an effective global ban on their use, Jo Becker, Children's Rights Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch, told correspondents this afternoon at Headquarters. Ms. Becker was speaking at a press conference sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to launch the report of the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers.

10 Apr 2001 description

The fact that civilians accounted for up to 75 per cent of war victims these days had made their protection a very important part of the discussion on international peace and security, Carolyn McAskie, Deputy to the Under-Secretary-General for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, told a Headquarters press briefing today.

10 Apr 2001 description

The instruments available for the protection of civilians in armed conflict are "in urgent need of updating," Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a just released report to the Security Council that recommends new strategies to deal with the changed nature of contemporary wars.

15 Dec 2000 description

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has received pledges totalling $214.7 million towards the $953.7 million it requested in a global appeal for 2001, launched today in Geneva.

27 Oct 1999 description

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Sergio Vieira de Mello this afternoon briefed correspondents at Headquarters on the situation in East Africa, from which he had just returned, and on his recent appointment as the Special Representative of the Secretary- General for East Timor.