Press Releases

18 Jul 2002
Remarks by Kenzo Oshima, USG for Humanitarian Affairs: Launch of the Southern Africa Appeals
Your Excellencies, distinguished delegates, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,
I have the pleasure to open this meeting by reading a statement from the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan. The message begins.

"You have gathered at a critical moment in the lives of nearly 13 million people in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In a region already struggling to overcome the legacy of conflict and the debilitating effects...

15 Jul 2002
Impending famine a focus of ECOSOC humanitarian segment, 15-17 Jul; OCHA launches appeal 18 Jul
Southern African drought places 13 million at risk of famine: OCHA
(NEW YORK, 15 July) The urgent plight of people in Southern African nations - facing a lengthy drought, already-low nutrition levels, a worsening AIDS epidemic and in some cases political unrest - is one of the focal points of the humanitarian segment of the 2002 meeting of the Economic and Social Council, taking place 15 - 17 July in the ECOSOC Chamber at UN Headquarters in New York.

Mr. Kenzo Oshima,...