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14 Sep 2011 description

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With staggering numbers of people in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa affected by — and on the run from — severe shortages of food and water, a senior official overseeing the response of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to the crisis said today that the United Nations was intensifying its efforts to save lives and livelihoods, while working with regional partners to help drought-prone countries avert future catastrophes.

06 Sep 2011 description

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Says Torch Bearers of Conference, Greatest Allies of United Nations, Should Take What They Learned, Raise Awareness Back Home about What Is at Stake

(Received from a UN Information Officer.)

12 Aug 2011 description

Alessandra Vellucci, Chief of the Press and External Relations Section of the United Nations Information Service, chaired the briefing, which was also attended by Spokespersons for and Representatives of the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration.

Situation in the Horn of Africa

02 Aug 2011 description

Alessandra Vellucci, 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 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the International Organization for Migration.

Somalia

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.

30 Jul 2011 description

While many Governments were actively pursuing reforms to dismantle legal barriers holding back women’s empowerment, millions of women still faced an uphill battle in the struggle to undo negative stereotypes, lock down property rights and successfully confront sexual harassment in the workplace, the Chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women said today.

12 Jul 2011 description

Note No. 6315

Note aux correspondants

(Adapté de l’anglais)

Violence contre les femmes; participation politique des femmes; lois discriminatoire à l’encontre des familles, élimination des stéréotypes et prévention des trafics figurent au menu des travaux du Comité de 23 experts chargé de vérifier que les gouvernements éliminent toutes les formes de discrimination à l’encontre des femmes.

08 Dec 2009 description

Unless it received new funding from donors immediately, United Nations humanitarian operations in Somalia would begin 2010 with "zero" in the bank, a "life-threatening" situation that could trigger a spillover of people into neighbouring states like Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya, said Mark Bowden, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia.

Addressing journalists at an afternoon press conference on the humanitarian situation in that country, he said Somalia was the setting for a long-running humanitarian crisis, brought on by drought and made …

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 …

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.

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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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.

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.

27 Jun 2006 description

Despite some relief due to the recent rainy season, the crisis in the Horn of Africa was far from over, and it was the responsibility of the international community to do something about it, Kjell Magne Bondevik, Special Humanitarian Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Horn of Africa, told correspondents this afternoon at a Headquarters press conference.

He said the main problem was raising public awareness about the silent tsunami going on in Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti.

07 Apr 2006 description

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today launched a consolidated appeal of $427 million to address the urgent needs caused by the drought in the Horn of Africa, Kevin M. Kennedy, OCHA's Director for Coordination and Response, announced at a Headquarters press conference.

15 Jun 2000 description

The head of UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, today began a five-nation tour of the Horn of Africa to highlight the conditions of millions of people who are facing drought, hunger and armed conflict there.

07 Jun 2000 description

A consolidated emergency United Nations appeal for $378 million to help 13.4 million people affected by drought in the Horn of Africa was launched at a Headquarters press briefing today.

25 Apr 2000 description

The international community has a "rare opportunity" to prevent widespread loss of life from drought in the Horn of Africa, a senior United Nations official said today in a report on her recent visit to the region.