Preventable Catastrophes: The International Response to Humanitarian Crises and Famine
Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
More than 20 million people living in Yemen, South Sudan, Northeast Nigeria and Somalia are facing famine and are at risk of starvation over the next six months. This figure includes 1.4 million children who are threatened with imminent death from acute malnutrition. In the face of such potentially dire consequences of inaction, what can the international community do to alleviate this suffering in the immediate term?
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, will outline the challenges ahead for these countries and the necessary steps the international community must take to prevent further suffering. He will present the UN’s coordinated long-term plan and propose durable solutions to prevent further conflict in these four nations while helping to avert the humanitarian crises.
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