Press Releases

28 Jan 2003
Economic woes and lack of rain set to worsen humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe
IHA/753, AFR/550
NEW YORK, 28 January (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) - Worsening conditions in Zimbabwe have led the World Food Programme (WFP) to step up its food distribution there this month. Improvements in WFP's capacity and pipeline have allowed the agency to deliver as much as 47,000 metric tons of food in January, more than double the previous highest distribution level, but ongoing shortages of fuel, fertilizer and rain, together with...
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,...