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OCHA at the 74th UN General Assembly and Climate Action Summit

23 Sep 2019


Governments, the private sector and civil society met at the UN Headquarters to demonstrate their solutions to reduce emissions and build climate resilience. On the eve of the summit, the Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, spoke at an event on the launch of the ‘Cost of Doing Nothing’, a report by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC). What is the cost of doing nothing? By 2050, the IFRC predicts the number of people in need of emergency aid due to climate catastrophes will double to reach 250 million each year. Their message: act now or feel the devastating effects in the future. 

Here are some of the other events that OCHA will participate in over the course of the 74th General Assembly. Some sessions will be available on UN Web TV
On 23 September at 4 p.m., USG Lowcock spoke at an event organized by the Swiss Government and the International Committee of the Red Cross to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions: Investing in humanity through multilateralism. The event  was  webcast. Here are the USG’s recent remarks on the anniversary of the Geneva Conventions

On 24 September at 6.30 p.m., OCHA  participated in an event on ‘Women and Girls in Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan: Sharing Experiences in Addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Large and Protracted Crises and Contribution of the Call to Action’. The event presented progress that partners have made since the Oslo conference on preventing gender-based violence as part of the ‘Call to Action’, a global initiative to ensure that gender-based violence is addressed in humanitarian crises. 

OCHA  also participated in a high-level event on the Syria crisis, organized by the European Union at 1.30 p.m. Here’s the USG’s last briefed the Security Council on Syria late last month. A ministerial-level pledging event for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis  was held at 4.30 p.m. 

On 25 September, OCHA moderated a ministerial-level event on the way forward for humanitarian response in Yemen (see our latest Security Council statement on Yemen here). Speakers will include representatives from Saudi Arabia and other Member States.       

The USG also spoke at an event organized by Belgium and the European Union on Counter-Terrorism Frameworks and Sanctions Regimes: How to Safeguard Humanitarian Space. 

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