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27 Jul 2016 description

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Thank you for joining me today.

I have just returned from visiting Madagascar and Malawi, where I saw first-hand the impact of the devastating and widespread drought on Southern Africa.

Before that, I took part in a key donor meeting on 14 July in London, on the effects of El Niño in Southern Africa. The impact of the current El Niño is felt globally, affecting over 60 million people.

18 Jul 2016 description

London, 14 July 2016

The impact of the current El Niño is felt globally, affecting over 60 million people. Southern Africa is of particular concern as the region is facing its worst drought in 35 years, with an estimated 40 million people facing food insecurity, including some 23 million in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

15 Apr 2016 description
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Mr. President,

Distinguished members of the Security Council,

I thank you for this opportunity to brief you on the latest humanitarian developments in Yemen on behalf of the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Stephen O’Brien.

We welcome the Cessation of Hostilities which is a long-awaited respite at a time of appalling suffering and trauma in Yemen. More than 6,400 people have now been killed, and over 30,500 injured.

27 Jan 2016 description

(Asmara, 27 January 2016): Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Kyung-wha Kang, wrapped up a three-day visit to Eritrea today, where she welcomed the growing opportunities for engagement between the Government and UN partners and fruitful collaboration in implementing the Strategic Partnerships Cooperation Framework (SPCF) 2013-2016.

15 Jan 2016 description

Mr. President,
Distinguished members of the Security Council,

On behalf of the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Stephen O’Brien, I have the honour to deliver the following statement on the humanitarian situation in Syria.

07 Dec 2015 description

(Gaziantep/New York, 7 December 2015) United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-wha Kang today called for greater protection and assistance for Syrians caught up in the country’s four-year conflict, following a five-day visit to Jordan and Turkey.

“The violence and destruction is relentless, exacting a terrible toll on women and girls, men and boys,” said Ms. Kang. “Parties to the conflict show little regard for the basic norms of warfare.”

30 Nov 2015 description

(Baghdad/Erbil, 30 November 2015): Kyung-wha Kang, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs visited Baghdad and Erbil to discuss the humanitarian crisis. “The human cost of the crisis is devastating. We are extremely worried that all indicators point to a dramatically worsening situation in the months ahead,” Ms. Kang said.

27 Nov 2015 description
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WHO: Kyung-wha Kang, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator

WHAT: Mission to Iraq, Jordan and Turkey

WHEN: 28 November to 7 December 2015

WHERE: Iraq (28-30 November), Jordan (1-2 December) and Turkey (3-7 December)

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang is scheduled to visit Iraq, Jordan and Turkey from 28 November to 6 December to assess the humanitarian situation in those countries.

26 Nov 2015 description
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WHO: Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-wha Kang

WHAT: Mission to Iraq

WHEN: 28-30 November 2015

WHERE: Iraq– Including Baghdad and Erbil

04 Jun 2015 description

European Parliament in Brussels, 4 June 2015

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On behalf of the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, I thank you sincerely for being here today to show solidarity with the people of Iraq.

I thank the European Parliament for hosting this event and the European Commission, ECHO and the people of Europe for your leading role in humanitarian action, in Iraq and around the world.

26 May 2015 description

Brussels, 26 May 2015

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Your Excellency President Samba-Panza, Honorable Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends,

I thank the European Union for hosting this conference at such a critical time, and for leading by example in its continued support for the humanitarian response and resilience efforts in the Central African Republic (CAR).

30 Mar 2015 description

Mr. President,
Distinguished Members of the Security Council,

Thank you for this opportunity to brief the Council on the humanitarian impact of Boko Haram atrocities in northern Nigeria and the neighbouring countries. On behalf of the Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, I would like to deliver the following statement.

26 Feb 2015 description

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On behalf of USG and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, I would like to deliver the following statement.

As Syria enters its fifth year of conflict, violence and brutality continue unabated and with total impunity. The indiscriminate use of explosive weapons in populated areas, by all parties, claimed more lives this month and displaced thousands. Government aerial bombardments, including the use of barrel bombs, and attacks by armed opposition groups have intensified in many areas - including Aleppo, Dar’a and Rural Damascus.

24 Feb 2015 description

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen of the press, for giving me this opportunity to brief you on my recent visit to the Central African Republic and Cameroon. I did this visit jointly with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Dr. Chaloka Beyani, and also with ECHO’s Director of Operations, Mr. Jean-Louis de Brouwer.

Our aim was to help focus the global spotlight on the complex and tragic humanitarian emergency that continues in the CAR and its impact on neighbouring Cameroon.

17 Feb 2015 description

(Yaoundé, 16 février 2015): La Sous-Secrétaire générale des Nations Unies aux affaires humanitaires et Coordinatrice adjointe des secours d’urgence, Kyung-wha Kang, a conclu une visite de sept jours en République centrafricaine et au Cameroun où elle a pu évaluer la situation des personnes déplacées, des réfugiés et des autres personnes touchées par la crise, et a appelé à un soutien accru de la communauté internationale pour les efforts humanitaires.

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(Yaounde, 16 February 2015): The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-wha Kang, concluded a seven-day mission to the Central African Republic and Cameroon, where she assessed the situation of IDPs, refugees and others affected by violence and conflict, with an appeal for greater support from the international community for the humanitarian efforts.

30 Jan 2015 description

Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Mr. President,

Distinguished members of the Security Council, On behalf of Ms. Valerie Amos, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, I have the honour to deliver the following statement.

It has been more than 15 years since the Security Council broke new ground by recognizing the protection of civilians as central to its mandate. Since then, the Council has taken important steps to implement its commitments to protect civilians.

04 Dec 2014 description

It is one year since the armed conflict broke out in South Sudan. December 15 will mark one year on from the start of the brutal conflict that has devastated South Sudan; a conflict that has displaced more than 1.9 million people from their homes.

Over 100,000 people have sought refuge in UN bases because they have either been attacked or fear for their lives. Millions more fled into the bush and remain too fearful to return home. Countless civilians have been killed, some very brutally and some have suffered terrible crimes; homes have been torched; lives have been ruined.