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19 Dec 2019 description

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Madam President, distinguished Council Members.

With the end of 2019 approaching, I am afraid that the humanitarian situation for people in many parts of Syria is worse than when the year began. The Secretary-General’s latest report updates about many concerning developments.

10 Dec 2019 description

Niamey, 10 décembre 2019

Votre Excellence, Monsieur le Premier Ministre, mesdames et messieurs les ministres, mesdames et messieurs les représentants des autorités nigériennes,

Chers collègues chefs d’agences des Nations unies, mesdames et messieurs membres de la presse, chers partenaires,

04 Dec 2019 description
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Welcome to the launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview, or GHO, for 2020.

This year, we are issuing the 2020 GHO simultaneously in five countries through panel discussions such as these to help show that increasing humanitarian needs require a collective and effective response.

03 Dec 2019 description

Brandenburg Academy of Science and Humanities, Berlin, 3 December 2019

Question: Humanitarian space is important and endangered. OCHA has a role in monitoring and mapping access constraints, so I’m curious to hear how you see the restrictions humanitarians are facing regarding humanitarian access. And to understand how warfare is changing and whether that has implications for the challenges you are seeing.

27 Nov 2019 description

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This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, a cornerstone of international humanitarian law. It is with great pleasure that I am here today representing the United Nations to join you in marking this important milestone.

This event gives us an important opportunity to recall the remarkable scope and impact of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. It also gives us a chance to reflect on the challenges we face in ensuring compliance to international humanitarian law, and to identify good practices that we can all advocate for.

22 Nov 2019 description

Thank you, Madam President.

Every month in Yemen, some 250 humanitarian partners work with the United Nations to assist more than 13 million people in the country. We are delivering the world’s largest humanitarian operation in an extremely challenging environment, one in which things relentlessly seem to be getting worse.

30 Oct 2019 description

I am delighted to be here for this important event leading up to the 20th anniversary of the Security Council Resolution 1325 next year.

Gentlemen and ladies,

This anniversary gives humanitarian and peace organizations the opportunity to strengthen our collaboration and cooperation so that together we can achieve and advance the women, peace and security agenda.

24 Oct 2019 description

Mr. President, distinguished Council Members.

The humanitarian situation in Syria has seen some significant changes since I briefed you in this chamber last month. My briefing today will focus on three operational areas: first, the deeply concerning and rapidly unfolding situation in north-eastern Syria; second, the continuing crisis in north-western Syria; and third, an update on Rukban. I will also give an outlook for the coming weeks.

Mr. President,

15 Oct 2019 description

As Delivered

Merci. Bonne après-midi. Good afternoon, distinguished guests,

I am honored to hold this Member States briefing on the situation in Djibouti following my recent mission there.

I recently travelled to Djibouti for a three day visit to witness the impact of the climate crisis and regional instability on the country. The visit also gave me an opportunity to express solidarity with the people of Djibouti.

19 Sep 2019 description

New York, 19 September 2019

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Mr. President, distinguished Council Members.

There have been several notable developments in Syria since the Under-Secretary-General briefed you three weeks ago about the humanitarian situation. I wanted to start today with an update about northwest Syria.

16 Sep 2019 description

Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for joining us for this briefing on the Central African Republic. I am delighted to be joined on the podium by Her Excellency Madame Kpongo. Et je voudrais tout d’abord vous remercier, vous, votre gouvernement et le peuple de la République centrafricaine, pour votre accueil chaleureux et votre soutien pendant ma visite.

I recently came back from a seven-day visit to the Central African Republic. It was my second mission to the country – the first time I went was in February 2018.

20 Aug 2019 description

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Thank you, Madam President.

Events in Yemen over the past several weeks have shown – yet again – just how volatile and devastating this war is. Its impact is seen most clearly in the suffering and injustice inflicted on millions of civilians.

For months, we have advocated progress on five key priorities to reduce the suffering in Yemen.
The Security Council endorsed these priorities in your resolution 2451.

19 Aug 2019 description

We mark today, World Humanitarian Day, to honour aid workers around the world who often risk their own lives to help save and improve the lives of others.

Sixteen years ago, on 19 August 2003, the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, was attacked, killing 22 of our colleagues, including a great humanitarian, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

10 Jul 2019 description

New York, 10 July 2019

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Excellencies, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you all for joining our briefing today on the humanitarian situation in Iraq.

27 Jun 2019 description

Geneva, 26 June 2019

Thank you, Vice-President.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for your active participation throughout this past week. In particular, I thank the Vice-President of this year’s ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment, Ambassador Hilale for your leadership and effective chairmanship, and I want to thank the many panelists, moderators and participants for your thought-provoking insights and practical recommendations during this week’s productive discussions.

26 Jun 2019 description

Geneva, 26 June 2019

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

June 22nd marked 100 days since Cyclone Idai wreaked havoc in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, catapulting pre-existing humanitarian needs to new levels.

The cyclone left a path of destruction, killing at least 1,007 people, injuring 2,300 and leaving more than 3 million people in need of life-saving assistance. Tens of thousands are still displaced. And in Zimbabwe, over 300 remain missing.

26 Jun 2019 description

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller – Opening remarks at ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment Side Event “Making Gender Equality a Reality: From Standards to Transformation”

Geneva, 26 June 2019

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Esteemed colleagues,

It is a pleasure to be here today for this panel discussion, which is focused on an issue that is very close to my heart and is crucial for OCHA’s work.

26 Jun 2019 description

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller – Opening remarks at ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment High-level Panel: “Strengthening humanitarian action: next steps to advance localization and engage communities for a more inclusive and effective humanitarian response”

Geneva, 26 June 2019

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

25 Jun 2019 description

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller – Opening remarks at the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment High-level Panel on “Preparing for the future in the face of climate change and weather-related disasters: strengthening preparedness and humanitarian response and collaborating to build resilience and address escalating risks and challenges

Geneva, 25 June 2019

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Excellencies, Distinguished Panellists, Ladies and Gentlemen,