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17 Oct 2019 description

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Thank you very much, Mr. President.

As you’ve heard me say many times before, Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and the largest relief operation. More than 250 humanitarian agencies – most of them Yemeni – are working through the UN response plan. Together we are reaching more than 12 million people across the country every month.

11 Oct 2019 description
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I am just completing a long-planned visit to the border region between Turkey and Syria. My original goal was to understand and assess the issues around the UN's cross border relief operation from Turkey into Idleb, the future of which the Security Council needs to decide later this year.

I have repeatedly expressed my concern about the impact on civilians of military operations in Idleb since late April. The last month has been quieter, but violence continues in front line areas.

08 Oct 2019 description

Amsterdam, 8 October 2019

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Earlier this year, a woman named Dorothy witnessed the unspeakable: the murder of her husband and two of her children. Like many others, the family was caught in the ongoing conflict in the English-speaking parts of Cameroon.

Dorothy had to muster every molecule of her inner strength to gather up her other children and run for safety.

25 Sep 2019 description

UN Headquarters, New York, 25 September 2019, 16:00-18:00

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I am pleased to be here. I am going to pick on a couple of points colleagues have made. I just want to remind the panellists that plagiarism which what I am about to indulge in is fact the highest form of flattery.

The first thing I do want to say is, I do think it is a step forward that we are not debating now whether there is a tension or impact between counter-terrorism and the humanitarian area of work. We are debating how and how much. I think that is a step forward.

25 Sep 2019 description

(New York, 25 September 2019) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock today thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for $500 million in funding to the United Nations for the 2019 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan.

25 Sep 2019 description

25 September 2019, New York
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I’d like to start by thanking the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for organizing this important event. And thank you all for being here.

As David says, the bad news from Yemen can often seem relentless.

25 Sep 2019 description

Sharing experiences in addressing gender-based violence: Women & girls in crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of South Sudan

UN Headquarters, New York, 24 September 2019

24 Sep 2019 description

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Let me just start by saying I don’t want to replicate anything that Filippo [Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees] has said. I want to reinforce on behalf of the whole United Nations everything he said - especially our thanks to the people of Bangladesh and also to you [Saudi Arabia] for bringing us together.

24 Sep 2019 description

Thank you, Madam High Representative and Vice-President, for gathering us today. When we came together in Brussels six months ago, I reminded you that Syria remains one of the great humanitarian crises of our time. The situation in northwest Syria right now speaks to this fact. Hundreds of civilians have lost their lives since the military escalation began in late-April. More than 400,000 people have fled the violence, moving from the so-called de-escalation zone further into Idleb.

23 Sep 2019 description

UN Headquarters, New York, 23 September 2019

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The Geneva Conventions came out of, what was arguably, the worst collective experience that humanity had ever gone through.

The adoption of the Conventions firmly established that in times of conflict, those who are not taking a direct part in hostilities must be protected and their life and dignity upheld.

Even wars have limits.

22 Sep 2019 description

Ladies and gentlemen I’m honored to be here today to address this important gathering.

It is a pleasure to join my fellow panelists, Richard Clarke, Sigrid Kaag, Mama Mizutori and Elhadj As Sy, each of whom bring important insight to this issue.

I want to first congratulate IFRC and World Bank on the Cost of Doing Nothing report. It spells out the unique ‘double threat’ that climate change poses to vulnerable communities, and lays out a succinct action plan for how we must respond. I urge all here to read it.

19 Sep 2019 description

Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C. 19 September 2019

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Thank you, Steve. I’m honoured to be here at the first annual Washington Humanitarian Forum.

I am a great admirer and avid consumer of the excellent analysis produced here at CSIS.

Today’s report, Denial, Delay and Diversion, is very much in the mould, and I congratulate the Task Force, led so ably by Kimberly Flowers for doing such a fantastic job.

16 Sep 2019 description

Thank you, Mr. President.

Let me, like Martin, at the outset repeat the United Nations’ condemnation of Saturday’s attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, and reiterate the Secretary-General’s call of yesterday on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any escalation.

Mr. President,

On 29 August, as Martin just reminded us, the Security Council issued a Presidential statement on Yemen – your fourth since 2015 and the first since you adopted resolution 2451 last December.

10 Sep 2019 description

(Addis Ababa, 10 September 2019) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock called today for additional funding to support the Government-led response to Ethiopia’s displacement crisis and wider humanitarian needs. More than 8 million people in Ethiopia need food, shelter, medicine or other emergency assistance.

04 Sep 2019 description

$1 million in UN emergency funds for the response to Hurricane Dorian

New York, 4 September 2019 – Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock today visited the Bahamas to discuss UN assistance with Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and his government in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

29 Aug 2019 description

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Thank you, Madam President.

I want again today to start with the situation around Idleb, on which we have briefed you many times over the last four months. The Secretary-General issued another statement on 20 August, expressing deep concerns about the continued escalation. He strongly condemned continued attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including on healthcare and educational facilities, and urged the parties to fully respect international humanitarian law.

31 Jul 2019 description

NEW YORK/GENEVA/KINSHASA/ROME - "Tomorrow, 1 August, marks one year since the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in North Kivu province of the DRC. Two weeks ago, it was declared a public health emergency of international concern.

30 Jul 2019 description
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Thank you, Mr. President.

Last Friday, 26 July, I spoke via a video link to Dr Mohammed Abrash, a surgeon at Idleb Central Hospital. Trained in Aleppo, he has been a physician for 28 years, and since 2011 he’s been in Idleb.

18 Jul 2019 description

Today marks the 80th day since fighting escalated on 29 April. For 80 days people around the world have watched in horror as war planes and artillery shelling kill and injure civilians and destroy civilian infrastructure. In the last 80 days we have seen more than 350 civilians killed, many more injured, and 330,000 people displaced.

More than 70 civilians have been killed so far this month – including women and children, some of them displaced and sheltering under trees, as well as humanitarian workers.

18 Jul 2019 description

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New York, 18 July 2019

Thank you, Mr. President.

In resolution 2451 of December 2018, the Security Council offered unequivocal support for the humanitarian relief operation in Yemen.

Specifically, you called for: first, respect for international humanitarian law; second, unhindered humanitarian access; and third, more funding for the UN response plan. You also noted the link between ending the conflict and alleviating people's suffering.

Unfortunately, your calls have not been heeded.