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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.

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.

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.

12 Oct 2006 description

The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) had been successful because it was a regional initiative nurtured by African leaders, Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Africa, said today at a Headquarters press conference.

While recognizing NEPAD's remaining problems, including those relating to regional security and conflict, he said it was important that the international community notice that progress had been achieved on the continent.

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.

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.

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.