Visit of Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, to Kristalina Georgieva: extracts from the joint press briefing, 21/02/2012, Brussels
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 21/02/2012 First transmission: 21/02/2012
On 21 February 2012, Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, paid a visit to Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, in Brussels.
On this occasion, they gave a press conference about the work of the European Union and the United Nations in order to provide humanitarian assistance in Syria and neighbouring countries.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, welcomes Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (2 shots)
||Picture opportunity with Kristalina Georgieva and Valerie Amos
||Arrival of Kristalina Georgieva and Valerie Amos to the press corner
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Kristalina Georgieva: We discussed the number of the humanitarian crisis most specifically Somalia, the food crisis in the Sahel and the deteriorated humanitarian situation in Siria. On Somalia, in two days time, we will have a discussion in London, we know conditions have improved but there is still a lot of concern to the humanitarian community.
||Cutaway of a photographer
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Valerie Amos: On the specific issues that we have just discussed I would like to touch on just two, firstly the evolving food crisis in the Sahel, last week we were together in Rome where there was a very clear commitment to insure that we built the bridge from the humanitarian work that we do in the region to the longer term importance of recovery and development. We need to build the resilience of the communities in the Sahel so they are able themselves to recover more quickly so they don't go trough a crisis every one or two years.
||General view of the press corner
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Valerie Amos: On Syria, like Kristalina Georieva, I am extremely concerned by the situation on the ground. We have some data about what is happening but the security situation has made it difficult for us to have a comprehensive picture. I have been very pleased to see that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has managed to get some convois in over the last week. In addition there was a report yesterday that there are seeking to get an agreement for a pause in the conflict on a daily basis to enable much needed a health supplies to go in and much needed a food supplies to go in.
||Departure of Kristalina Georgieva and Valerie Amos from the press corner