UN / FAMINE APPEAL

09-Aug-2017 00:01:24
Expressing its grave concern about the threat of famine facing some 20 million people in conflict-affected Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria, the United Nations Security Council today requested the Secretary-General to provide early warning when a conflict could lead to famine. UNIFEED /FILE
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STORY: UN / FAMINE APPEAL
TRT: 1:24
SOURCE: UNIFEED /FILE
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 9 AUGUST 2017, NEW YORK CITY /FILE
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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

9 AUGUST 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Council’s president
4. Med shot, delegates at the Council
5. Close up, president
6. Wide shot, press room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General:
“As you know more than 20 million people in those areas are experiencing famine or are at the risk of famine. To date, we have received $2.5 billion dollars– or 51 per cent – of the $4.9 billion dollars we have appealed for urgently to provide life-saving assistance to people in those areas.”

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8. Various shots, mother and her malnourished baby
9. Various shots, displaced women and children
10. Tracking shot, tank on Bama street
11. Aerial shot, Bama
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Expressing its grave concern about the threat of famine facing some 20 million people in conflict-affected Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria, the United Nations Security Council today requested the Secretary-General to provide early warning when a conflict could lead to famine.

Through the adoption of a Presidential Statement, the 15-member body also requested the Secretary-General to provide an oral briefing in October 2017 on impediments to an effective response to the risk of famine in these countries, and make specific recommendations on how to address country-specific impediments in order to enable a more robust short- and long-term response.

The Council emphasized, with deep concern, that ongoing conflicts and violence are “a major cause of famine” as they have devastating humanitarian consequences and hinder an effective humanitarian response in the short, medium and long term.

Deploring that in these four countries, certain parties have “failed to ensure unfettered and sustained access” for deliveries of vital food assistance as well as other forms of humanitarian aid, the Council reiterated its calls on all parties to allow the safe, timely and unhindered access for humanitarian assistance to all areas and to facilitate access for essential imports of food, fuel and medical supplies into each country, and their distribution throughout.

Following the issuing of the Council’s statement, the UN spokesperson told reporters “to date, we have received $2.5 billion dollars– or 51 per cent – of the $4.9 billion dollars we have appealed for urgently to provide life-saving assistance to people in those areas.”
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