Latest Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stories

2006-03-02 19:38:30

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations next week launches a new global emergency fund to provide swifter relief to victims of natural disasters, but with far less money on hand than the $500 million it had hoped to raise. The Central Emergency Response Fund will have just $188 million when it opens for business, which is nonetheless a significant improvement over an existing U.N. standby loan facility of $50 million. Donations to the new fund, which will be able to make...

2005-10-12 09:46:19

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Quake victims in South Asia are going without aid because the global emergency relief system is overstretched, needs better coordination and has less than half of the funds required, a top U.N. official said on Wednesday. U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland called on the world's nations to better prepare for disasters, and appealed to Pakistan and India not to let differences over Kashmir hinder aid distribution. "I readily admit as the...

2005-08-31 18:44:03

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina could easily dwarf the devastation of other recent natural disasters in terms of pure economic costs, the U.N. emergency relief coordinator who oversaw the Asian tsunami relief effort said on Wednesday. United Nations Undersecretary-General Jan Egeland, who oversaw relief efforts after the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004, offered Washington U.N. assistance in a formal letter to new U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton. "The United...

2005-06-25 21:15:00

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) -- Despite the historic size of relief efforts, it will take as long as 10 years to rebuild what was destroyed in the tsunami that hit Asia last year, the United Nations said on Friday. "It took between five and 10 seconds to destroy thousands of communities. Five to 10 seconds to wipe away 225,000 people," U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland told a news conference. "It will take five to 10 years to rebuild all that was lost. We are in for a very long haul," he...

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