UN / CONFLICT HUNGER FAMINE

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres today told the Security Council, nine months after sounding the alarm, the world has succeeded in “keeping famine at bay” but has “not kept suffering at bay.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 12 OCTOBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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12 OCTOBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“But while we have succeeded in keeping famine at bay, we have not kept suffering at bay. Hunger continues for millions of people. Children under five years old will suffer the mental and physical scars of stunting throughout their whole lives.”
4. Wide shot, Guterres addressing Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Some eighty percent of the World Food Programme’s funding is going to areas affected by conflict. Around 60 percent of the 815 million people suffering from hunger today live in the shadow of conflict. Three-quarters of the stunted children in our world are in countries affected by conflict. Until these conflicts are resolved, and development takes root, communities and entire regions will continue to be ravaged by hunger and suffering.”
6. Wide shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The parties to conflict in all four of these countries have stated their commitment to humanitarian and human rights law, but most have not followed through. And I call on them, and those with influence over them, to translate that commitment into practical measures and to address impunity immediately.”
8. Wide shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In the long term, we must focus on what communities and countries need to emerge from protracted conflict and instability. We must help people not just to survive, but to thrive. Right now, we must urgently commit to increasing humanitarian aid and funding the programmes we have in place. Where we have not prevented or resolved conflict, we must support its victims and survivors.
It is unconscionable that aid agencies must make life-or-death decisions about who gets aid, because of a shortage of resources.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

UN Secretary-General António Guterres today (12 Oct) told the Security Council, nine months after sounding the alarm, the world has succeeded in “keeping famine at bay” but has “not kept suffering at bay.”

Guterres said humanitarian needs have in fact increased over the past nine months in the four area which were at risk of famine in Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan, and Nigeria. He said some six million people in South Sudan are severely food insecure, up from five million at the beginning of the year and 8.5 million people now need humanitarian aid in north-east Nigeria. He added that more than 6 million people in Somalia depend on humanitarian aid for their survival while Yemen is facing the world’s largest cholera epidemic with some 800,000 suspected cases and more than two thousand related deaths.

Guterres noted that “some eighty percent of the World Food Programme’s funding is going to areas affected by conflict” adding that until these conflicts are resolved, and development takes root, “communities and entire regions will continue to be ravaged by hunger and suffering.” He said parties to the conflict in all four countries which were at risk of famine have stated their commitment to humanitarian and human rights law, “but most have not followed through.” He called on the parties and those with influence over them “to translate that commitment into practical measures and to address impunity immediately.”

The Secretary-General said prevention of conflict must be the focus of the international community. He said, in the long term, the focus must be on “what communities and countries need to emerge from protracted conflict and instability” adding that the world “must help people not just to survive, but to thrive.” He said the international community must in the meantime urgently commit to increasing humanitarian aid and funding the programmes in place. He stressed need to support the victims and survivors of conflict where it has not been resolved or prevented adding that it is “unconscionable that aid agencies must make life-or-death decisions about who gets aid, because of a shortage of resources.”
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