DPRK / LOWCOCK PRESS CONFERENCE

11-Jul-2018 00:01:58
The Under-Secretary- General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock wrapped up his three-day mission to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). He told reporters that his trip focused on the humanitarian issues related to malnutrition, better water sanitation and medical supplies. OCHA
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STORY: DPRK / LOWCOCK PRESS CONFERENCE
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SOURCE: OCHA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 11 JULY 2018, PYONGYANG, THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA
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1. Various shots, briefing room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea faces a lot of challenges, but my focus is on the humanitarian issues and the core humanitarian issues are around malnutrition, better water and sanitation, and more life-saving drugs and other medical supplies in hospitals like the ones I visited."
3. Med shot, journalists
4. Med shot, Lowcock talking
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The UN is trying to raise 111 million dollars to meet humanitarian needs in the areas I’ve talked about – health, water and sanitation, food security – for about 6 million people. Just before I started my visited the situation was that we had raised about 10 per cent of that money as a result of generous donations from the Governments of Sweden, Switzerland and Canada, but that leaves us with a very large funding shortfall.”
6. Various shots, briefing room
STORYLINE
The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock wrapped up his three-day mission to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). He told reporters that his trip focuses on the humanitarian issues that are around malnutrition, better water sanitation and medical supplies.

Speaking to reporters today (11 Jul) in Pyongyang he said, “The UN is trying to raise 111 million dollars to meet humanitarian needs in the areas I’ve talked about – health, water and sanitation, food security – for about 6 million people. Just before I started my visited the situation was that we had raised about 10 per cent of that money as a result of generous donations from the Governments of Sweden, Switzerland and Canada, but that leaves us with a very large funding shortfall.”

Also today, the UN humanitarian chief met with authorities, including the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s National Assembly, and the Minister of Public Health. These meetings focused on the progress made in reducing human suffering in the past 20 years, but also on significant remaining humanitarian needs, particularly in malnutrition, water and sanitation, and availability of life-saving drugs and equipment.

Some 20 per cent of children under five are stunted and nearly half of children in rural areas do not have access to safe drinking water.

While significant progress has been made in health, serious shortages in drugs and equipment remain. For example, a hospital in Sinchon County had 140 tuberculosis patients but only has drugs to treat 40 of them. Lowcock also met with diplomats based in Pyongyang as well as the UN Humanitarian Country Team.

The humanitarian chief also reiterated that more predictable funding is urgently needed to meet the immediate needs of the most vulnerable people in the country. Funding has declined dramatically since 2012. This year, the Needs and Priorities Plan has received less than 11 per cent of the $111 million requested to provide urgent life-saving assistance for 6 million people.
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