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UNITED NATIONS
Department of Public Information · News Coverage Service · New York


2002 Substantive Session
25th and 26th Meetings (AM & PM)
ECOSOC/6020
16 July 2002


Council holds high-level interacting dialogue on access to vulnerable groups
in complex humanitarian emergencies, natural disasters

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Background

The Economic and Social Council met this morning to continue its consideration of special economic, humanitarian and disaster relief assistance, the main thrust of its work during the humanitarian segment of its 2002 substantive session.

The Council is set to hold two panel discussions over the course of the day. The first -- reaching the vulnerable in the context of complex humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters -- will include the participation of the heads of United Nations agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The second panel, on the transition from relief to development in the context of complex humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters, will include the participation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, among others.

Introductory Statements

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JACQUES FORSTER, Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), ...

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In Israel and the occupied and autonomous territories, he said the ICRC had had a long presence and regular and widespread contacts with all parties. The escalation of violence since the beginning of the year had brought about untold suffering to both Palestinians and Israelis. To reach them, the ICRC had significantly increased staff on the ground and planned to reach out to 300,000 people in the West Bank in food assistance alone. ...

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