Media Advisory: Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock to visit Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

WHO: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
WHAT: Visit to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
WHEN: 4-6 November 2019
WHERE: Caracas

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, will visit the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from 4 to 6 November 2019 to learn first-hand about the humanitarian situation and strengthen cooperation and coordination among the various humanitarian organizations operating in the country. During the visit, Mr. Lowcock is scheduled to meet with senior government officials and members of the National Assembly, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies and the diplomatic community, among others. He will also assess the humanitarian response supported by the United Nations on the ground and meet with people affected by the crisis.

In 2018, the UN began to scale up the delivery of humanitarian assistance to respond to the most urgent needs, complementing the actions of national authorities and national and international NGOs. The 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan calls for US$223 million to assist 2.6 million people and focuses on providing life-saving humanitarian aid and protection and strengthening community resilience.

For further details of media opportunities, please contact:
In Geneva: Jens Laerke, +41 79 472 9750, laerke@un.org
In New York: Hayat Abu-Saleh, +1 917 224 9751, abusaleh@un.org
In Caracas: Gema Cortés, +58 4241364370, cortesg@un.org.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
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