Summit on Horn of Africa humanitarian needs planned for 24 September

17 September, 2011
Somalia: Zulekha Mahad Ali, 25, with her son Zakariah Guled, 9 months, at the Bosasso general hospital. She brought her son due to severe malnutrition. Zulekha comes from South Central Somalia and she fled because of the war. Credit: R. Gangale/UNHCR
Somalia: Zulekha Mahad Ali, 25, with her son Zakariah Guled, 9 months, at the Bosasso general hospital. She brought her son due to severe malnutrition. Zulekha comes from South Central Somalia and she fled because of the war. Credit: R. Gangale/UNHCR

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a Ministerial level Mini-Summit on the humanitarian response to the Horn of Africa. The event will take place on 24 September in New York, in the margins of the 66th General Assembly.

As well as assessing how the humanitarian community has responded to the most urgent humanitarian needs in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Kenya thus far, the Summit will focus on what still needs to be done. Ban Ki-moon will open the event, which will also provide an opportunity to discuss how to build long-term resilience in the region in order to prevent similar future crises. Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos, will chair a panel discussion on ‘Saving Lives and Building Resilience: A Flexible, Innovative and Coherent Humanitarian Response’.

Member States and key organizations currently engaged in humanitarian operations in the Horn of Africa will take part in the event, and they will also look at how to explore new partnerships and innovative ways to reach people in need despite the challenges of this complex operating environment.

The Summit will also aim to raise vital funds for needs in the region. The Horn of Africa Drought appeals still need more than USD 900 million to continue responding to this crisis.

Practical information

The event is open to representatives of Member States and UN accredited media, by pre-registration. [Click here to download the Agenda]

Venue: Conference Room 4, North Lawn Building, UN Secretariat, New York

Date and time: Saturday 24 September 2011, 10am – 4pm

Contacts:
Ms. Esty Sutyoko (sutyoko@un.org, +1 917 367 8540)
Ms. Laura Rodriguez (rodriguez14@un.org, +1 212 963 2770)

Invitees are requested to submit their registration forms by Friday 16 September by fax to +1 917 367 3171 or by email to rodriguez14@un.org

 

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