GENEVA / DRC PLEDGING CONFERENCE

13-Apr-2018 00:02:43
United Nations (UN) launched a major international funding appeal to help the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) amid warnings of a growing humanitarian crisis in the country. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / DRC PLEDGING CONFERENCE
TRT: 2:43
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 13 APRIL 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, delegates in meeting room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Some 7.7 million people are food insecure. More than 4.6 million children are acutely malnourished, including 2.2 million suffering severe acute malnutrition. The country also facing epidemics, including the worst outbreak of cholera in 15 years. Unfortunately, there’s also an epidemic of sexual violence, most of it unreported and unaddressed, and much of it against children.”
4. Wide shot, delegates standing in United Nations Room XIX
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“There’s 150 organizations working to support humanitarian action under the leadership of the government across DRC working in fact in 20 provinces across the whole of the DRC. But our single biggest problem in promoting support for the millions of people in need humanitarian assistance in the DRC in the recent years, is our appeals have been underfunded.”
6. Wide shot, journalists at stakeout.
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands:
“We are heavily committed for a number of years, quite some time to the DRC but it was important to do this now. It’s a matter of an important point when you commit to international humanitarian law, when you commit to humanitarian assistance, and of course, the protection crisis.”
8. Close up, campaign banner
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands:
“During our visit, Mark and I met so many young women and girls who are victims of violence, sexual-based violence, rape, subsequent multiple rapes and they express an acute need for security, asked whatever assistance could be provided. And sometimes it was practical, from rape kits, basic but essential to medical assistance, and of course the question, ‘How can I look after this young child now?’”
10. Med shot, photographers.
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management:
“I saw with my own eyes, the massive humanitarian need on the ground. I heard the stories of the victims of violence, stories of unbelievable pain and horror, stories that cannot be forgot. I strongly believe that through this conference, all of us, we try in order to avoid to see another forgotten crisis, in particular in Congo.”
12. Med shot, journalist
13. Med shot, TV camera operator
14. Med shot, TV camera operator
15. Close up, Pledging conference poster
STORYLINE
United Nations (UN) launched a major international funding appeal to help the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) amid warnings of a growing humanitarian crisis in the country.

Despite massive natural resources, years of violence by armed groups vying for control – along with political and ethnic instability - have created massive food insecurity, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told donors in Geneva Friday (13 Apr) that more than two million children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition in DRC and 13 million people require assistance there urgently – double the number of those in need last year.

He added that DRC is also facing “the worst outbreak of cholera in fifteen years”, as well as “an epidemic of sexual violence”, committed mainly against children.

Speaking to journalists in Geneva during a break in the conference, Lowcock said that he expected to confirm more than $500 million in pledges before the end of the day. Total needs for the DRC for this year are estimated at $1.7 billion - nearly four times more than the amount secured last year.

An additional $500 million is needed to support 807,000 Congolese refugees in neighbouring countries and more than 540,000 refugees from other countries who are in DRC.

The question of securing sufficient funding was underlined by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his opening address to the pledging conference. He urged Member States in Geneva via a video message to show solidarity for the “millions of people who are suffering” in one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises as the UN and the DRC government work together to respond to needs.

In addition to the United Nations, the pledging conference was co-hosted by the Netherlands as the European Commission. Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, described the DRC as a “forgotten” conflict that desperately needed more support from the international community. She highlighted the impact of gender-based violence on girls and young women whom she had met on a recent visit to DRC.

Some had requested help in the form of rape kits, while others had asked how to look after the babies they had given birth to after their sexual assault. That message was underlined by conference co-host Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, who spoke of the violence and “stories of unbelievable pain” that he heard while visiting the country in recent weeks.

Asked about the decision by the DRC authorities not to attend the pledging conference, the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock underlined the scale of the problems in the country – and the importance of securing funding for some 150 organizations working to support humanitarian action “under the leadership” of the DRC authorities in 20 provinces.
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