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25 Jun 2012 description

ENV/DEV/1310

Plenary
5th & 6th Meetings (AM & PM)

Outcome Document Affirms Poverty Eradication
As Greatest Challenge, Recommends Strengthening of Institutional Framework

RIO DE JANEIRO, 22 June — High-level officials of nearly every Member State meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, renewed their commitments to ensuring an “economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future for our planet and for present and future generations”, as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development — Rio+20 — closed this afternoon.

24 Mar 2010 description

The world's failure to control and eradicate tuberculosis -- a disease that has been around for more than 4,000 years -- was a human disgrace, Marcos Espinal, Executive Secretary of the World Health Organization's (WHO) "Stop TB Partnership", said at Headquarters today.

At a press conference to introduce pop star Craig David as the WHO's newest Goodwill Ambassador, Dr. Espinal said those who thought tuberculosis was a disease of the past were wrong, because it was a huge pandemic that killed some 1.8 million people around the world annually.

10 Dec 2009 description

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John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said today that he and other humanitarian actors would push negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen to guarantee sufficient funding and action plans to help the world's poorest, most vulnerable people adapt to the changing weather patterns threatening their physical and economic survival.

"Our particular concern is that the focus should not just be on mitigation, that is, …

24 Jul 2007 description

John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, this afternoon urged a timely donor response to a flash appeal launched today for drought relief in Swaziland.

"There are great worries of severe malnutrition if we don't act now," Mr. Holmes said of the crisis in the Southern African country, hardest hit by a drought that has also severely affected Lesotho, Zimbabwe and parts of Mozambique.

05 Mar 2007 description

John Holmes, le nouveau Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence, a souligné ce matin devant la presse la gravité sans cesse croissante de la situation humanitaire au Darfour et en Iraq. Il a mis l'accent par ailleurs sur la nécessité de renforcer la coordination des actions menées en faveur des populations en situation de détresse.

M. Holmes, qui a succédé à Jan Egeland le 3 janvier, a indiqué qu'il avait réellement pris ses fonctions il y a seulement deux jours.

05 Mar 2007 description

Introducing himself to correspondents at a Headquarters press conference today on his third day as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes of the United Kingdom highlighted his urgent areas of focus, including Darfur and Somalia, and announced plans to set up an office in Amman, Jordan, to tackle the "significant and increasing humanitarian problem" in Iraq in a more coherent and coordinated way.

Saying he wanted to "get onto the ground soon to see for myself what is happening in some of the critical areas", he …

14 Feb 2003 description

Johannesburg - The United Nations today launched its mid-term review of the 2002/2003 Consolidated Appeal (CAP) for the humanitarian crisis in southern Africa, placing special emphasis on the urgent need for tens of millions of dollars' worth of non-food items.

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.

19 Sep 2002 description

The number of people affected by the drought in southern Africa was growing more rapidly than anticipated, Carolyn McAskie, United Nations Deputy Relief Coordinator, told correspondents at a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon.

24 Jul 2002 description

In a press conference at Headquarters on 23 July, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) told reporters that the deepening humanitarian crisis in southern Africa was perhaps the most severe and urgent dilemma the facing the international community -- assessments on the ground suggested that some 12.8 million people in the region were at risk of starvation between now and March 2003.

18 Jul 2002 description

The United Nations has launched an appeal for $611 million to avert a humanitarian crisis of "staggering proportions" in southern Africa, said Kenzo Oshima, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, at Headquarters today.

01 Jul 2002 description

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a massive appeal to provide emergency food relief to six countries in southern Africa, where some 12.8 million people are threatened with starvation over the next nine months.

28 Aug 2001 description

On an official visit to Mozambique, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today toured a region where the agency is helping people relocate their homes away from flood-prone areas.

07 Mar 2001 description

A top United Nations relief official today said the UN was appealing for $10.7 million to help the country deal with the recent floods.

01 Mar 2001 description

In collaboration with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Government of Mozambique today launched an appeal for $30 million to fund relief work in the country's Zambezi valley, where over 479,000 people may be affected by flood.

26 Feb 2001 description

Sweden's Minister of Defence, Bjorn von Sydow, gave a press conference at United Nations Headquarters this afternoon on interaction between the United Nations and the European Union. Sweden is currently Chair of the Union.

31 Mar 2000 description

The United Nations has helped to establish an emergency mine action unit to help the Government of Mozambique deal with the impact of the recent floods on the landmine situation in their territory, a UN spokesman said today in New York.

24 Mar 2000 description

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator for Mozambique, Ross Mountain, today presented to donors in Geneva the appeal launched last week for $102 million towards emergency and rehabilitation activities in the flood-stricken country.