GENEVA / BAN KI-MOON HUMANITARIAN

25-Jan-2011 00:01:44
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for increased funding of global humanitarian operations in 2011 noting that an "extraordinary political effort" is often needed to secure life-saving resources. UNTV
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STORY: GENEVA / BAN KI-MOON HUMANITARIAN
TRT: 1:44
SOURCE: UNTV
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 25 JANUARY 2011, GENEVA / LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos at podium
2. Cutaway, United States delegation
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I know that this is a time of heavy financial pressure on budgets for all countries. It can take an extraordinary political effort to secure resources for international aid, even when it is clearly needed to save lives. The United Nations remains determined to ensure that these efforts succeed but to help you better, we need your help.”
4. Tilt up, Swedish Minister Gunilla Carlssons
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“When Member States share information pro-actively on their aid budgets, we can forecast and plan. If we knew better today what resources we will have for the year ahead, we could influence budget cycles early.”
6. Pan left, delegations

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

7. Zoom in, Ban Ki moon with International Olympic Committee Chair Jacques Rogge
8. Wide shot, group photo
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Sports is a language which is spoken by everybody and it provides a role model for peace and harmony and friendship.”
10. Med shot, Jacques Rogge handing over ball created by internally displaced people to Ban Ki-moon
STORYLINE
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (25 January) called for increased funding of global humanitarian operations this year, noting that aid requirements are rising and that it is vital to have resources ready to help those affected by both natural and man-made disasters.

The global humanitarian appeal for 2011, which was launched last November, seeks USD7.4 billion to help 50 million people in 28 countries. It is the largest amount of funds ever sought in an annual humanitarian appeal since the creation in 1991 of the Consolidated Appeals Process, which sums up appeals by UN and non-UN humanitarian agencies into a single funding request.

The 2011 appeal comprises humanitarian action plans for the West African region, as well as for Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Haiti, Kenya, Niger, the occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

Ban acknowledged that “this is a time of heavy financial pressure on budgets for all countries.” He said that it takes “an extraordinary political effort to secure resources for international aid, even when it is clearly needed to save lives.”

He asked Member States to “share information pro-actively on their aid budgets” so that the UN can better coordinate humanitarian operations.

He commended on the European Commission, the United States and Sweden’s willingness to publish their humanitarian aid budgets in advance.

The Secretary-General said the UN will continue to emphasize the need to improve disaster risk reduction and preparedness, as well as climate change adaptation measures to mitigate damage and suffering in times of emergency.

Earlier today, Ban and his senior advisors including his Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace William Lemke met with the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Jacques Rogge.

The IOC and UN have strengthened their commitment to use sport for achieving peace and progress in health, education and social development.

Rogge and Ban talked about their joint projects including helping to ease travel problems facing Palestinian and Israeli athletes, and adopting an international Olympic truce during the 2012 London Games.

At the meeting, Ban called sports “a language which is spoken by everybody and it provides a role model for peace and harmony and friendship.”

Rogge presented Ban with ball made by internally displaced persons as a token of appreciation for the UN’s work in sports and development.

The IOC is also building a center in Haiti that combines sports with education and health programs to rebuild communities devastated by last year's earthquake.
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