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11 Jul 2011 description

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A worsening drought and increasing pressure on scarce resources threatened to push Ethiopia into “famine-like conditions”, the top United Nations humanitarian official said today in a Headquarters press conference on the heels of her recent visit to that country.

28 Sep 2009 description

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Millennium Villages Project announced the launch of a new partnership aimed at dramatically reducing hunger and malnutrition across Africa, at a Headquarters press conference today.

"This is a wonderful day, for me personally and for the Millennium Villages Project, in partnering with the World Food Programme," said Jeffrey Sachs of the Millennium Villages, a project involving eight villages and more half a million people in sub-Saharan African communities working to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

With 1 billion people -- …

28 Jun 2007 description

Frustrated by broken promises and botched peace plans, the Prime Minister of Somalia's fragile interim Government said today his war-torn country was at a "critical crossroads" and called on the Security Council and the wider international community to provide peacekeepers and resources to help support democracy and security programmes, while improving the delivery of humanitarian aid.

"We are fed up with promises, what we need now is action," Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi said at a Headquarters press conference.

16 Aug 2006 description

In light of a new round of conflict in Somalia, the top United Nations official there had asked the Security Council to urge States to abide by the arms embargo on that country and refrain from interfering in its internal affairs, he said at Headquarters this afternoon.

At a press conference following his briefing to the Council, François Lonseny Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, said the June ceasefire agreement reached in Khartoum, Sudan, between Somalia's Transitional Federal Government and the Union of Islamic Courts had been interrupted by a new round of …

19 Jun 2006 description

Amid intensifying violence in Somalia, where Islamic forces this month had captured the capital of Mogadishu and now controlled three major districts, the Secretary-General's Special Representative, François Lonseny Fall, said today that the exact intention of the Islamic forces was not clear, but they had recently indicated their willingness to talk with Somalia's Transitional Federal Government.

21 May 2002 description

A well-coordinated attempt was being made to "internationalize" the conflict in Somalia, Abdul Mejid Hussein, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations, said at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon.

17 May 2002 description

At a Headquarters press briefing this morning, Abdi Hashi, Permanent Representative of Somalia to the United Nations, condemned Ethiopia's aggression against his country and called on the international community to ensure that country's compliance with relevant Security Council resolutions.

17 Sep 2001 description

The United Nations Mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia (UNMEE) today said it was investigating a recent shooting incident that occurred at a checkpoint within the Temporary Security Zone separating the two countries.

29 Mar 2001 description

An envoy of Secretary-General Kofi Annan today began a four-day trip to Ethiopia, where she is reviewing the humanitarian situation since drought-induced famine was averted in the region last year.

26 Mar 2001 description

An envoy of Secretary-General Kofi Annan has met with the President of Eritrea on a range of issues, including the Temporary Security Zone between Eritrea and Ethiopia, a United Nations spokesman said today in New York.

14 Nov 2000 description

United Nations chief envoy to Ethiopia and Eritrea -- where the UN has mounted its newest peacekeeping force -- held constructive discussions in Addis Ababa today with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

18 Sep 2000 description

An envoy of Secretary-General Kofi Annan is in Africa today to review the ongoing drought crisis which threatens the lives of more than 14 million people in the Horn of Africa and 2 million people in the Great Lakes Region.

21 Jun 2000 description

More than 13 million people were still in the throws of a humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa due to drought, Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), told journalists at a press briefing at United Nations Headquarters this afternoon.

12 Jun 2000 description

The United Nations has welcomed the fact that Eritrea on Friday agreed to the Organization of African Unity (OAU) peace plan, and that Ethiopia has announced its agreement "in principle," a UN spokesman said today at Headquarters in New York.
A three-person planning mission from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations is standing by, ready to travel to Algiers for discussions on a possible UN role in an agreed peace plan, spokesman Fred Eckhard said.

The team will be discussing technical elements of UN participation at the start of the planning process, he said.

12 Apr 2000 description

A special envoy of Secretary-General Kofi Annan today began her tour of the Horn of Africa with a visit to Gode, Ethiopia, where some 1.3 million people are affected by a drought crisis, a UN spokesperson said today in New York.
During her survey of the south-eastern town, Catherine Bertini, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and Mr. Annan's Special Envoy on the Drought in the Horn of Africa, found that one-third of the affected population was severely malnourished.

05 Apr 2000 description

At a Headquarters press conference today, Rudolph von Bernuth, of Save the Children, and Michael Delaney, Director of Humanitarian Assistance of Oxfam American, described themselves as "desperate" to bring to the world's attention the drought and famine crisis affecting millions of people in Ethiopia.