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Minister Coveney Addresses High Level Meeting on Famine and Prevention

Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Global, 2017


The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., addressed a High-level event on famine in the margins of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. In his statement Minister Coveney stressed the need to address the root causes of food insecurity, in particular through conflict resolution, and underlined the critical role the Security Council can play in resolving and preventing conflicts.

Noting the contribution made by the international community and by Ireland to the relief efforts for famine in South Sudan, Somalia, the Lake Chad basin and Yemen to date, Minister Coveney stated:

“The $2.4 billion provided to the response in the four countries, and indeed the more than $30 million provided by Irish tax payers, is greatly devalued if we do not act to halt these preventable famines, and in particular, rigorously pursue conflict resolution through all avenues”.

The Minister highlighted the importance of working more effectively in humanitarian response and connecting it with longer-term development. Referring to efforts to hinder or prevent humanitarian actors in delivering aid, the Minister stated:

“Preventing humanitarian access to those in need and those starving is unacceptable, and when used as a tactic in conflict situations, it is a crime. Ireland calls on all actors to uphold their obligations under International Humanitarian Laws, and those who violate it must be called to account”.



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