Press Releases

06 Jun 2008
Statement on Zimbabwe by John Holmes, the USG for Humanitarian Affairs and ERC
(New York: 6 June 2008): In response to a directive from The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare of Zimbabwe instructing all private voluntary organizations and non-governmental organizations to suspend all field operations until further notice, John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, commented as follows:

'This is a deplorable decision that comes at a critical humanitarian juncture...

04 Jun 2008
UN humanitarian chief concerned at restriction of relief effort in Zimbabwe
(New York, 4 June 2008): United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes today expressed grave concern at a decision by authorities in Zimbabwe to restrict efforts by humanitarian agencies to deliver relief aid to those in need in that country.

'This goes against fundamental humanitarian principles,' said Mr. Holmes. 'Humanitarian agencies must be allowed to reach freely those who are in need in Zimbabwe....

10 Dec 2007
UN Secretary-General seeks $3.8 billion for 25 million people in 24 countries in 2008
(Geneva: 10 December 2007): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for $3.8 billion to provide urgent support to 25 million people in humanitarian emergencies in 24 countries worldwide.

"We live in a world of unprecedented prosperity. But despite this, millions of people continue to endure crises where the essentials of existence - clean water, life-saving drugs, and emergency shelter among others - are denied them and where insecurity is a part of...

23 Feb 2006
Zimbabwe Humanitarian Situation Report Issue no. 2, Feb 2006
Update on cholera outbreak
A fresh cholera outbreak has occurred in Hopley Farm but figures of reported cases and deaths are yet to be confirmed. The outbreak is on going in Epworth, Gokwe South, Kwekwe, Makoni, Chimanimani and Buhera. No more new cases have been reported for Chikomba.

The World Health Organization intervened by providing technical support in areas such as case management (treatment of cases), lab confirmation, health education, contact tracing,...

08 Dec 2005
Press briefing by Emergency Relief Coordinator on his mission to Zimbabwe
(New York: 8 December 2005): Following is a near verbatim transcript of the press conference given by Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, on his mission to Zimbabwe.
Deputy Spokesperson: Good afternoon again. We have here Jan Egeland, the UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator and the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. He is literally just back from Zimbabwe.

Jan Egeland: Thank you very much Marie. I...