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09 Sep 2018 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General welcomes the visit to Djibouti on 6 September by the Ministers for Horn of Africa of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, joining Djibouti's Foreign Minister, as another important step in the rapprochement among the countries in the Horn of Africa region. The agreement reached among the four Ministers to work together to restore peace and stability in the region is a positive example for the Horn and beyond.

10 Sep 2011 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, delivered by Sahle-Work Zewde, Under-Secretary-General and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi, to the Horn of Africa Summit being held there today, 9 September:

I commend the Government of Kenya for convening this Summit at this critical time. The drought in the Horn of Africa is arguably the worst in recent history. More than 13 million people are in need of emergency assistance, as well as agriculture and livelihood interventions.

18 Aug 2011 description


Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the Emergency Ministerial Meeting on the Horn of Africa, as delivered by Gwi-Yeop Son, Director of Corporate Programmes Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in Rome, 18 August:

Thank you for coming together for this Emergency Ministerial Meeting on the Horn of Africa. The crisis across the region continues to take a heavy toll on millions of people — especially women and children — and the situation shows little sign of abating.

22 Jul 2011 description

By Ban Ki-moon

Across the Horn of Africa, people are starving. A catastrophic combination of conflict, high food prices and drought has left more than 11 million people in desperate need. The United Nations has been sounding the alert for months. We have resisted using the “f-word”—famine —but on Wednesday we officially recognized the fast-evolving reality. There is famine in parts of Somalia. And it is spreading.