UN / SRI LANKA UPDATE

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With nearly 5.7 million people in need of life-saving assistance in Sri Lanka, the UN team is scaling up efforts to respond to the needs of millions of people impacted by the ongoing economic crisis, a UN spokesperson informed. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 18 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

18 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The UN team in Sri Lanka, led by Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, is scaling up efforts to respond to the needs of millions of people impacted by the ongoing economic crisis, also in line with the Humanitarian Needs and Priorities Plan. Nearly 5.7 million people are in need of life-saving assistance.
In the past year, the price of rice—a staple of the Sri Lankan diet—has more than doubled, while the price of wheat flour has almost tripled, reaching unprecedented high levels and affecting millions of Sri Lankans.”
4. Close up, journalist asking question
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The World Food Programme (WFP) is currently implementing programmes to reach 1.4 million food-insecure beneficiaries by this December, with cash and voucher assistance to vulnerable households, food assistance vouchers for pregnant women and one million schoolchildren with school meals. Also, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will supply 100 kg of fertilizer to over 15,000 small-scale farmers and will work with them to bolster seed production and increase fertilizer efficiency.”
6. Close up, journalist asking question
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“For its part, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has mobilized funds for seeds and cash assistance for close to 15,000 affected people. And to support long-term economic reforms and governance, UNDP is facilitating dialogue and countering misinformation to create awareness on the current socio-economic crisis and path forward.”
8. Close up, journalist taking notes
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Also, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is providing direct support to 400 vulnerable farming households, through the provision of seeds at subsidized rates, enabling them to grow in the next harvest season. ILO is also providing support to farmers and fishermen and cash-for-work for rural communities, including women and persons with disabilities.”
10. Wide shot, briefing room

STORYLINE:

With nearly 5.7 million people in need of life-saving assistance in Sri Lanka, the UN team is scaling up efforts to respond to the needs of millions of people impacted by the ongoing economic crisis, a UN spokesperson informed.

Briefing journalists on Monday (18 July) in New York, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said that in the past year, the price of rice—a staple of the Sri Lankan diet—has more than doubled, while the price of wheat flour has almost tripled, reaching unprecedented high levels and affecting millions of Sri Lankans.

Similarly, prices of a wide range of imported basic food items, including sugar, dried milk, onion, and locally-produced chicken, meat, eggs and coconut oil were at record or near-record levels last month.

In response, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, has scaled up its response.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is currently implementing programmes to reach 1.4 million food-insecure beneficiaries by this December, with cash and voucher assistance to vulnerable households, food assistance vouchers for pregnant women and one million schoolchildren with school meals.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Spokesperson informed, will also supply 100 kg of fertilizer to over 15,000 small-scale farmers and will work with them to bolster seed production and increase fertilizer efficiency.

For its part, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has mobilized funds for seeds and cash assistance for close to 15,000 affected people.

“And to support long-term economic reforms and governance, UNDP is facilitating dialogue and countering misinformation to create awareness on the current socio-economic crisis and path forward,” Haq told journalists.

Another UN agency, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is providing direct support to 400 vulnerable farming households, through the provision of seeds at subsidized rates, enabling them to grow in the next harvest season. ILO is also providing support to farmers and fishermen and cash-for-work for rural communities, including women and persons with disabilities.
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