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01 Sep 2017 description

The Security Council on 20 September would hold a high-level open debate on United Nations peacekeeping reform to consider recommendations contained in the report of the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, Tekeda Alemu (Ethiopia), Council President for the month, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

30 May 2017 description

Several African countries have begun implementing climate resilience activities

By: Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi

From Africa Renewal: May - July 2017

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

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20 May 2009 description

Elena Ponomareva-Piquier, Chief of the Press and External Relations Section of the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, chaired the briefing which was also attended by Spokespersons for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the UN Refugee Agency, the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development.

During the briefing, Ron Redmond of the UN Refugee Agency introduced a new colleague, Andrew Purvis, who would be the acting Head of the Media Unit at …

04 May 2009 description

During its May presidency the Russian Federation would continue to pursue the policy of consolidating the Security Council's prerogatives under the United Nations Charter and its main responsibility to maintain international peace and security, Vitaly Churkin, the country's Permanent Representative said today.

Outlining the Council's programme of work for the month ahead, he said that on 11 May, it would hold a meeting on the Middle East, chaired by Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs and for which the Foreign Ministers of other Council members, as well as the …

16 Jul 2008 description

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The United Nations and other aid agencies still needed $3.6 billion to respond to the world's most severe humanitarian crises and disasters through their 2008 Consolidated and Flash Appeals, John Holmes, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator said this afternoon during a Headquarters press conference.

So far this year, international donors had given just 46 per cent, or $2.9 billion, of the $6.5 billion …

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.

24 Jul 2007 description

John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, this afternoon urged a timely donor response to a flash appeal launched today for drought relief in Swaziland.

"There are great worries of severe malnutrition if we don't act now," Mr. Holmes said of the crisis in the Southern African country, hardest hit by a drought that has also severely affected Lesotho, Zimbabwe and parts of Mozambique.

05 Sep 2006 description

Briefing correspondents at Headquarters today on the Security Council's calendar for September, Council President for the month, Adamantios Vassilakis ( Greece), said that events in the Middle East would continue to preoccupy the 15-member body, which would also take up several ongoing situations in Africa.

06 Jan 2003 description

France's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Security Council President for the month of January, Jean-Marc de La Sabliere, briefed correspondents this afternoon on the Council's provisional programme of work for the month.

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.

20 Nov 2001 description

A Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal for $2.5 billion to sustain more than 33 million people -- many suffering from war and conflict -- will be launched by Secretary-General Kofi Annan at 11 a.m. on Monday 26 November at Headquarters, it was announced at a press briefing this afternoon.

05 Sep 2001 description

The Ambassador of France, which this month holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council, today said he would work to lift the sanctions against the Sudan and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during September.

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.

07 Mar 2001 description

Addressing child marriage as a violation of a child's basic rights, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) released a new report today entitled "". The report looks at the many implications of child marriages and analyses their root causes, seeking to begin a global campaign to end that widespread practice.