As the appeal – “OCHA in 2002: Activities and Extrabudgetary Funding Requirements” – was being launched simultaneously in New York and Geneva, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kenzo Oshima, noted that “more than ever, OCHA’s role as coordinator of humanitarian assistance efforts is critical to the success of emergency response.”Briefing the press in New York, Mr. Oshima’s deputy, Carolyn McAskie, said that the additional funding was needed because just under $9 million of OCHA’s requirements for 2002 are covered through the UN’s regular budget. “That’s not enough to fund what we do around the world,” she said, noting that the $61 million will be used to finance OCHA’s headquarters activities in New York and Geneva, but mostly to run its field operations, which are the coordination offices that manage the UN’s response to ongoing emergency situations as well as short-term crises such as natural disasters or armed conflicts.OCHA’s current request does not include money needed for operations in Afghanistan, funding for which was petitioned for in a separate appeal, Ms. McAskie added.”The donors have been very generous in the past, and we find that a very high percentage of our funding requirements are met,” Ms. McAskie said, adding that last year OCHA received more that $50 million in donations for its activities.OCHA currently has offices in 34 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe – having nearly doubled its field presence over the last five years alone. This year, it will consolidate its offices in the Horn of Africa into a regional support office for Central and East Africa, and set up a regional support office in West Africa. It will also strengthen capacities for disaster response regionally in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Video of Kofi Annan’s comments to the press [5min] “I think what is important is that governments have to find a way of working together,” Mr. Annan said in reply to reporters’ questions at UN Headquarters in New York. “Regardless of how this crisis or the current issue is resolved, the Council will have to work together, and the Members States will have to work together to deal with the situation in Iraq, in the Middle East and in many other issues.”The Secretary-General said he had spoken to British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday night and “he seemed very genuinely looking for a compromise and a way forward.” He also said Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva had sent him a message proposing a summit meeting of world leaders, not necessarily Security Council members, who are also searching for “a compromise to get us out of this crisis.”The United States, United Kingdom and Spain have introduced a draft resolution that presents Iraq with a 17 March deadline to cooperate fully with disarmament demands, which France says it will veto. France, Germany, the Russian Federation and other Council members have voiced opposition to action at this time and seek continued and enhanced weapons inspections.After meeting with the Russian and British Ambassadors on Wednesday, Mr. Annan is holding a series of one-on-one meetings with the remaining Council members today. He is “urging them to continue their strenuous efforts to find compromise and exploring with them what might be done to further their objective to define a united position,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said at a press briefing.The Council has scheduled closed-door consultations this afternoon to continue discussions on Iraq.
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