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27 Oct 2009 description

"My mandate covers any killings which are in contravention of international law, whether humanitarian law or human rights," said Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon.


14 Oct 2009 description

Mme Radhika Coomaraswany, qui présentait cet après midi son rapport devant l'Assemblée générale a accueilli avec ferveur les récentes résolutions 1882 et 1889 du Conseil de sécurité.

14 Oct 2009 description

In a preview of her annual report (document A/64/254), set for presentation to the General Assembly's Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict acknowledged the momentum that the Organization had built over the past year to protect the rights of boys and girls enduring armed conflicts around the globe.

Radhika Cooomaraswamy told reporters gathered at a Headquarters press conference that headway was …

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.

22 Jul 2009 description

The responsibility to protect was focused on non-indifference and making it everyone's responsibility to ensure that no one would ever again have to look back with the mixture of emotions that had greeted the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Darfur, asking, "How did we let this happen?", Gareth Evans, Co-Chair of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

Noting that consensus had been elusive on several items at the 2005 World Summit, Mr.

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


07 Oct 2008 description

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"Making hospitals safe from disaster" was the theme of tomorrow's International Day for Disaster Reduction, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, said this afternoon at a Headquarters press conference to make the announcement.

The second Wednesday of October was designated in 1989 to be the International Day, Mr. Holmes went on.

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 …