UN / HOLMES

16-Sep-2009 00:03:36
UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes to provide a general humanitarian overview focusing on situations in Sri Lanka, Yemen, some Horn of Africa countries and Guatemala. UNTV/ FILE
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STORY: UN / HOLMES
TRT: 3.36
SOURCE: UNTV / UNICEF / WFP
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 SEPTEMBER 2009, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT 2009, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

16 SEPTEMBER 2009, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press conference
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sir John Holmes, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Humanitarian needs and demands are rising, perhaps that’s not a surprise, but it is quite striking if we look at the situation we have now particularly from the long running conflicts, but also from some new conflicts. When we did the mid year review of the consolidated appeals in Geneva in July what we found is that we were asking donors for nine and a half billion dollars, now that compares with 6.3 billion dollars at the same time last year, what that means is almost a 50 percent increase in what we are asking for from the major donors for these consolidated appeals which cover the main long running conflicts.”
4. Cutaway, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sir John Holmes, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“What we see is that the situation in the Horn of Africa is again deteriorating and is expected to worsen further this year before it gets better we hope in the other part of next year. And that’s because we are essentially facing forth or in some cases fifth year of failed or poor rains in some places, in many of the countries of the Horn of Africa which is giving rise to a crisis in the areas of food, nutrition, water, deceases and many, many areas like that”
6. Cutaway, press conference
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sir John Holmes, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“We launched a flash appeal for twenty-four million dollars approximately. A couple of weeks ago I launched that in Geneva to assist in particular the one hundred and fifty thousand IDPs, but also the rest of the population who were affected by that, because there are many people affected directly and indirectly by the conflict and I hope the international community will respond swiftly and generously to that.”
8. Cutaway, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Sir John Holmes, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The figures for malnutrition, severe malnutrition among the children in particular are significantly worse this year, and probably fifty thousand or so people were severely affected, but many more people affected in the surrounding provinces as well. So again we are looking at how we can help with that.

FILE – UNICEF - 8 NOVEMBER 2008, SANTA LUCIA, GUATEMALA

10. Wide shot, stalk of corn with mountains in the background
11. Close up, face of boy standing against bamboo
12. Med shot, group of mothers are having their children weighed
13. Close up, face of girl being weighed
14. Med shot, back of woman holding poster which shows how to prepare Vitacereal

FILE – UNICEF - DECEMBER 2007, YEMEN

15. Close up, baby being fed with dropper
16. Med shot, baby being fed with dropper
17. Med shot, woman undressing malnourished baby
18. Various shots, men and boys carting produce
19. Wide shot, people walking through busy street

FILE - WFP – 16 MARCH 2009, TURKANA, KENYA

20. Wide shot, village in drought affected area
21. Various shots, herders

FILE - WFP – 16 MARCH 2009, TURKANA, KENYA

22. Various shots, workers digging at WFP supported water harvesting project

FILE – WFP – 20 MAY 2009, KARAMOJA, UGANDA

23. Pan left, from huts to woman cooking
24. Close up, herbs on port by fire
STORYLINE
The top United Nations relief official today appealed to donors to fill the $5 billion funding gap the world body and its partner agencies face to provide emergency aid to people enduring the most severe humanitarian crises around the world.
UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes stressed that less than half of this year’s $9.5 billion appeal the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) made to cover relief efforts assisting the world’s most vulnerable people has been funded.
Deteriorating humanitarian situations in hotspots, such as Yemen, Guatemala, The Horn of Africa countries, Somalia, the occupied Palestinian territories, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Sudan have led to an upwards revision of Consolidated and Flash Appeals by 1.5 billion dollars since the start of the year, Holmes told reporters.
He noted humanitarian needs and demands were rising.
Holmes pointed to deteriorating non-conflict related crises, such as the intense droughts and floods affecting various parts of the world, including countries in the Horn of Africa facing several years of failed rains.
Poor rains in Eastern African have produced crises in the areas of food, nutrition, water and disease among others, leaving some 24 million people in need of aid, up from 17 million last year, in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia and parts of Uganda.

Holmes said he had launched a flash appeal in Geneva last July for twenty-four million dollars for Yemen to assist in the one hundred and fifty thousand IDPs there, and also for the rest of the population who were affected by that crisis.

He also referred to the deteriorating situation in Guatemala where they were looking at how to help victims of a worsening situation of severe malnutrition among children.
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