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Note No. 6315
Note aux correspondants
(Adapté de l’anglais)
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POVERTY & HUNGER
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.
The Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis, at a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon said a major newspaper in the United States, reflecting on the paucity of resources available for the fight against the AIDS pandemic, used a startling phrase, "murder by complacency". He differed in that assessment in only one particular: "It's mass murder by complacency".
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.
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.
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.
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.
The bad news was that the HIV/AIDS epidemic was still at the early stage of its expansion and the good news was that efforts to stem it were not business as usual, Dr. Peter Piot, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, said today upon the release of a new report on the issue.
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.
On the heels of a Security Council resolution urging the parties to the Great Lakes conflict to prepare by 15 May a plan for the withdrawal of their troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Radio has organized a high-level Round Table discussion on the situation in the region, with participants from the DRC, Zambia, Rwanda and Burundi.
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