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07 Dec 2018 description

UN Headquarters, New York, 7 December 2018

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Secretary-General António Guterres, Excellencies and Ministers, distinguished guests,

Thank you for coming. One year ago, we had an excellent fundraising for CERF, and today we’re hoping to do even better. That’s up to all of you.

126 Member States and observers have contributed to the CERF.

This year, we have seen an unprecedented demand.

03 Dec 2018 description

Statement on the situation in Bentiu, South Sudan

In the past 12 days, more than 150 women and girls have sought assistance after suffering sexual violence, including rape, near Bentiu in South Sudan. We echo the statement of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan condemning these abhorrent attacks.

01 Dec 2018 description
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Aden, Sana’a, 1 December 2018: At the end of his mission to Yemen, Under-SecretaryGeneral for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock warned that conditions had deteriorated alarmingly since his last visit.

“Yemen is on the brink of a major catastrophe,” said Mr. Lowcock. “But it is not too late. In my meetings with officials of the internationally recognized Government of Yemen in Aden and the de facto authorities in Sana’a, I was encouraged to hear strong support for relief operations.”

29 Nov 2018 description

Briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria

New York, 29 November 2018

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Mr. President, distinguished Council members,

I provide this update today on behalf of the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock.

22 Nov 2018 description

“The recent de-escalation in fighting in Hudaydah is providing a desperately needed respite to hundreds of thousands of civilians who remain in the city. We urge all parties to maintain it.

“At the same time, we remain deeply concerned for the safety and protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure. Hostilities over the last several weeks in Hudaydah have taken a steep toll, including on health facilities directly damaged in crossfire or occupied by armed groups.

16 Nov 2018 description

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Thank you, Mr. President.

On 23 October, I warned the Security Council that a grave economic crisis and escalating conflict had pushed Yemen closer to famine than ever before.

Shortly after that briefing, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, or FEWSNet, released a new alert. FEWSNet, which is supported by the United States, is one of the leading providers of early warning and analysis on acute food insecurity.

13 Nov 2018 description

I echo the statement of the Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, calling upon all parties to the conflict in Yemen to show restraint. All parties must live up to their obligations under international humanitarian law. I ask that the parties implement a cessation of hostilities, not least in and around all the infrastructure and facilities on which the aid operation and commercial importers rely.

31 Oct 2018 description

Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C., 30 October 2018

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Thank you, Maureen.

I do feel honoured to be here at SAIS today. Thank you for inviting me.

I admire your commitment to developing the next generation of leaders in international affairs.

We live in a world where pretty much everyone can see pretty much everything almost everywhere, pretty much all the time. Everything and everyone is inter-connected.

31 Oct 2018 description

As I told the Security Council last week, the humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate. During my briefing, I set out five immediate asks to avert catastrophe.

In the meantime, we have raised a record amount of funding for our humanitarian appeal in 2018 – $2.1 billion from our generous donors towards the UN coordinated response plan. Thank you, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Kuwait, the United Kingdom, and all our donors.

29 Oct 2018 description

New York, 29 October 2018
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Mr President,

I concluded my briefing to you last month with a question: would the agreement reached between the Russian Federation and Turkey on Idleb provide only a moment of respite, or would it represent the start of a more stable future for millions of civilians in that part of the country?

23 Oct 2018 description

New York, 23 October 2018

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Thank you, Mr. President.

On 21 September, I warned you we were losing the fight against famine in Yemen.

Since then, the situation has got worse.

That is why, as required in Security Council resolution 2417, which you adopted in May this year, we issued the White Note circulated late last week. In line with our obligations under your resolution, my briefing today focuses on the risk of famine.

Mr President,

18 Oct 2018 description

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Good afternoon everybody. I am really thrilled to be here.
Let me start by saying a very happy 50th birthday Concern Worldwide and congratulations.
Thank you, it is a pleasure to be here with you today to celebrate Concern Worldwide’s 50th anniversary.

And it does bear repeating, as Ciarán (Ciarán Cannon, Ireland’s Minister for the Diaspora and International Development) said, you started as a result of the famine in Biafra in 1968.

26 Sep 2018 description

UN Headquarters, New York, 26 September 2018

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Let me offer five points of summary from the discussion.

Firstly, CERF is the first and aspires to continue to be the fastest. It was the first contributor to the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo in March/April this year. Just a few days after the massive influx of Rohingya to Cox’s Bazar from 25th August last year, CERF was one of the first to make an allocation. And CERF was one of the first to leverage funds for the hurricanes in the Caribbean last September.

26 Sep 2018 description

United Nations Headquarters, New York, Wednesday 26 September, 8:30 – 10:00,

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Thank you for putting on this event.

The reason I’m grateful is because the single biggest cause of humanitarian suffering in the world arises from the way belligerents behave in conflict - from their failure to comply with the laws of war.

But beyond that, the single biggest constraint to our ability to relieve that suffering also arises from that same behaviour by belligerents.

For me, this is the top issue.

26 Sep 2018 description

New York 26 September 2018

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Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you very much all for being here this morning. Thank you specially for braving the weather, I know there has been a lot of it to brave this morning. Because this is an extremely important and actually quite urgent topic that we are addressing today.

26 Sep 2018 description

United Nations Headquarters, New York, Wednesday 26 September, 8:30 – 10:00

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Thank you for putting on this event.

The reason I’m grateful is because the single biggest cause of humanitarian suffering in the world arises from the way belligerents behave in conflict - from their failure to comply with the laws of war.

But beyond that, the single biggest constraint to our ability to relieve that suffering also arises from that same behaviour by belligerents.

For me, this is the top issue.

25 Sep 2018 description

UN Headquarters, New York, 25 September 2018

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Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to this high-level event on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan.

This is a good moment for the event, two weeks into the signing of the revitalized peace deal by the South Sudanese parties to the conflict.

24 Sep 2018 description

UN Headquarters, New York, 23 September 2018

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Question: You have highlighted the importance of pre-arranged financing to make communities more resilient. How does the Famine Action Mechanism feed into these efforts?

We need to build resilience and we need faster development.

We also need to rid the world of the scourge of famine.

When you boil it down There are three things that we need to do, all of which our panelists have touched on.

21 Sep 2018 description

New York, 21 September 2018
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Thank you very much indeed Madam President,

The Security Council have asked me to update you today on the humanitarian situation in Yemen. In a word, it is bleak. We are losing the fight against famine. The position has deteriorated in an alarming way in recent weeks. We may now be approaching a tipping point, beyond which it will be impossible to prevent massive loss of life as a result of widespread famine across the country.

Madam President,