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11 Jul 2018 description

Near verbatim transcript of the press briefing in Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 11 July 2018

I would like to thank you for joining me here at the UN compound in Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Let me start by thanking the Government for their support for this visit. Today I met with the President of the Presidium and was provided with a description of their commitment on denuclearisation and how they want to move forward, and how they are putting a much stronger emphasis on humanitarian growth.

23 Oct 2017 description

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

Since 25 August, nearly 600,000 refugees have sought safety in Bangladesh, fleeing violence, serious human rights violations and persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Nearly 60 per cent of them are children. Thank you for coming today in solidarity with them, with the Bangladeshi Government and with the communities that are so generously hosting them.

I would like especially to thank our hosts, the European Union and Kuwait, as well as my co-panellists.

17 Oct 2017 description

ECOSOC Chamber, New York, 16 October 2017

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for being here today as we discuss the dire conditions facing Rohingya refugees who have fled their homes in Myanmar for Bangladesh. Today’s event is an opportunity to brief you on my recent mission to Cox’s Bazar with UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, to update you on some of the latest developments, and to share some thoughts on the way ahead.

24 Aug 2016 description

I am saddened by the reports of lives lost and damage caused by earthquakes today in Italy and Myanmar, and wish to convey my condolences to the peoples and governments of both countries.

In Italy, Accumoli, Amatrice and other towns in the Central Appennines were struck early this morning by a 6M earthquake and two major aftershocks, with local sources reporting that up to 60 people have been killed and 150 remain unaccounted for. Some 2,500 people are reported to have been displaced. National responders are leading the response effort.

03 Oct 2015 description

Statement on Afghanistan

(New York, 3 October 2015): I condemn the bombing overnight in Kunduz, Afghanistan that resulted in the death and injury of medical workers and patients at a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital. I extend my deepest sympathies to the families of those killed and injured.

Hospitals and medical personnel are explicitly protected under international humanitarian law. All parties to conflict must do everything in their power to distinguish between military and civilian targets, including medical facilities.

26 Dec 2014 description

As delivered

Your Excellency, Mr. Prayuth Chan-ocha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand,
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen.

We are together here in Phang-Nga to commemorate the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

27 Feb 2014 description

Thank you very much and good morning everyone.

I am back in the Philippines. This is my third visit. I had the opportunity yesterday to return to parts of Eastern Visayas region that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan and see for myself the progress that has been made since my visits in November.

23 Jan 2014 description

(Geneva, 23 January 2014) I am deeply concerned about reports of alarming levels of violence, including the killing of many civilians and a policeman, in Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, Myanmar.

I ask the Government of Myanmar to take all necessary measures to ensure the full protection of all civilians and to enable safe and continued access by humanitarian staff to the affected areas in order to assess needs and provide emergency assistance to all those affected by the recent violence.

16 Jan 2014 description

(New York, 16 January 2014) Two months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, good progress has been made in many areas but people are still dependent on humanitarian support, particularly to rebuild their homes.

Over 14 million people felt the storm’s force, including 4.1 million people who were displaced at the height of the emergency.

22 Nov 2013 description

As delivered

It is now two weeks since super-Typhoon Haiyan - one of the largest storms on record - struck an area of 57,000 square kilometres, with eighteen million people, covering five major islands and countless smaller ones, in the Philippines.

The severe winds and storm surge wiped out entire towns. Millions of people have been affected, over five million of them children. More than four million made homeless, with more than a million homes destroyed or damaged.

19 Nov 2013 description

Manila, 19 November 2013

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Good evening everyone.

I will read a short statement and I will be very happy to take questions. I apologise that Ambassador Swing cannot join me, but you will know that there are three senior UN officials who have been here in the Philippines in the last few days looking at the relief effort.

14 Nov 2013 description

Manila, 14 November 2013

As delivered

Good morning everyone and my apologies for the slightly late start. I just wanted to brief you on my visit to the Philippines and I will then of course have an opportunity to take questions.

I’ll read out a very brief statement by way of introduction.

I’m Valerie Amos – the Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations responsible for humanitarian affairs.

09 Nov 2013 description

(New York, 9 November 2013) I am extremely saddened by the reports of loss of life and terrible scenes of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines.

07 Dec 2012 description


7 December 2012

Mission to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (3 – 7 December 2012)

Thank you everyone for joining me today.

This is my first visit to Myanmar and it has been a very busy four days. There have been a number of very encouraging political developments this year but also a number of humanitarian challenges that need to be addressed where the United Nations and our partners can help and make a difference.

15 May 2012 description

New York, Tuesday 15 May 2012

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I have just completed a three day visit to Afghanistan – my first to the country. I wanted to see for myself the level and severity of humanitarian need that people in Afghanistan face today, and to look at ways in which we, the Government and our partners can improve the way we address not just immediate needs, but also the underlying cause of that need.

11 May 2012 description

Good morning. This is my first visit to Afghanistan. I wanted to see for myself the level and severity of needs that exist in Afghanistan today and to remind everyone that there are ongoing humanitarian needs in the country.

21 Oct 2011 description

Mission to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (17-21 October 2011)

(Beijing, 21 October 2011) Thank you very much for coming to this press briefing - especially so given that it’s Friday evening.

16 Oct 2011 description

(New York: 15 October, 2011): I am extremely concerned by the rising impact of storms and flooding on millions of people across South-East Asia. More than 700 people have been killed in Cambodia and Thailand, while homes, crops and vital infrastructure have been destroyed there and in Lao PDR, the Philippines, and Viet Nam. Millions of people living in low-lying areas are vulnerable. The situation is expected to worsen as river levels continue to rise and more heavy rain is forecast.

28 Jul 2011 description


(New York, 28 July 2011) A year has passed since Pakistan faced the largest natural disaster in its history. Nearly 20 million people were affected as floodwaters swept across the country, covering an area the size of the United Kingdom.

The disaster changed the lives of millions in a matter of days – causing loss of life and destroying homes. For those who survived, everyday life became a challenge. Many were forced to move to camps and spontaneous shelters or to seek refuge with host families.