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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Horn of Africa, ECOSOC-HAS

17 Jun 2022

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More than 12 million people cannot access enough clean water to drink or for cleaning  in the Horn of Africa. Credit: OCHA/ Ahmed Fais

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –   17 June 2022

Horn of Africa

As the world marks Desertification and Drought Day, it is a reminder that the Horn of Africa continues to face a devastating and historic drought.

We cannot emphasize enough how dire and urgent the situation is. We are in uncharted territory and we face the very real prospect of significant loss of life if we don’t act rapidly. More than 18.4 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are facing severe food insecurity. And the risk of famine is growing in Somalia, where more than 200,000 people are already facing catastrophic hunger.

More than 12 million people cannot access enough clean water to drink or for cleaning. Women and children are walking further to fetch water, risking dehydration, physical and sexual violence. Families also face heightened risks of disease.

More than one million people have been forced to leave their homes to look for food, water and pasture and many families have been separated.

Our humanitarian partners have helped nearly 7.7 million drought-affected people across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in 2022, but we urgently need more funding to save lives and livelihoods and to avert starvation and death in the months to come. The world must stand in solidarity now with the drought-affected men, women and children in the Horn of Africa.

Economic and Social Council – Humanitarian Affairs Segment

Next week, the first-ever Meeting on the Transition from Relief to Development, as well as the annual Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will both take place here at UN Headquarters.

These events will bring together the UN system and Member States, as well as international financial institutions, the Red Cross, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and others.

They will discuss how to strengthen the delivery of humanitarian aid in the face of many large-scale challenges, such as conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also talk about how to increase collaboration in humanitarian, development and peacebuilding activities to address food insecurity and displacement.

Monday’s meeting will feature remarks by the Deputy Secretary-General, while the Secretary-General and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, will speak at the opening session of the Humanitarian Affairs Segment on Tuesday.

Numerous side events will be held on the margins. All of the meetings will be carried live on UN Web TV.