CRISIS DRAWS BELLAMY TO AFGHANISTAN
Two-Week Trip Will Begin and End With Visits To European Capitals
that we are focused on the children of Afghanistan, let's renew
our commitment to helping children everywhere grow to adulthood
in health, peace and dignity. I can't think of a more worthwhile
or effective way to change the world than through the children
to whom we will bequeath our societies.
Carol Bellamy, UNICEF Executive
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 23 November 2001 - Carol Bellamy, Executive Director
of the United Nations Children's Fund, begins an extended trip to Europe
and Asia this weekend, highlighted by five days in Afghanistan and Pakistan
where she will visit Quetta, Kabul and other towns to personally survey
the difficult conditions facing millions of children in a region stricken
by drought, displacement, disease and conflict.
Bellamy's trip will have a heavy Afghanistan emphasis, but will also
include other elements, including a stop in Oslo upon her return from
Afghanistan to join the United Nations family and UN Secretary-General
Kofi Annan in accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.
Ms. Bellamy's trip will encompass stops and activities in:
- London, Tuesday 27 November
Beginning at 10:30 AM, she will lead the London launch of the UN Consolidated
Appeal for Countries in Crisis, the UN's annual funding request for
countries such as Afghanistan where natural calamity and human conflict
put millions of people in peril. She will be joined by leaders from
the UK government, donor organizations and partner humanitarian agencies.
- Dublin, Wednesday 28 November
Ms. Bellamy will visit with key government ministers to discuss the
UN appeal, the Afghanistan crisis, and other pressing children's issues.
- Geneva, Thursday 29 November
Bellamy will launch UNICEF's annual study of children and youth in
the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent
States, and the Baltics. The report - The Monee Report - provides
the first comprehensive look at how a decade of social and political
transition has impacted young people. Journalists may review embargoed
copies by visiting the Press Centre of the Innocenti Research Centre
web site at: http://www.unicef-icdc.org
- Pakistan-Afghanistan, Friday 30 November - Tuesday 4 December
Seeking to focus global attention on the central role of children
in both the immediate relief efforts and the long-term recovery of
Afghanistan, Ms. Bellamy will visit several locations reflecting different
aspects of the crisis. Stops will likely include Quetta (where UNICEF's
office was burned down), Peshawar, (where UNICEF supports Afghan refugees),
Kabul (and potentially other towns in Afghanistan) and Islamabad (where
Ms. Bellamy will brief the press and hold meetings). The itinerary
will be finalized closer to her arrival.
- Oslo, Thursday 6 December - Monday 10 December
Ms. Bellamy will join other UN leaders in events surrounding the awarding
on the Nobel Peace Prize.
"With winter arriving in Afghanistan at the same time as a new
set of political circumstances come into view, this is a crucial time,"
Bellamy said. "As we plan for the reconstruction of this country's
education system, health care network, and other basic services for
children, we cannot forget the immediate needs that must be met over
the next difficult months."
Bellamy said her trip to the Afghan region would emphasize the critical
role children will play in the healthy future development of Afghanistan.
And she said she wants to personally visit with UNICEF's staff in the
region and thank them for their incredible resourcefulness and commitment
in the face of the crisis - including the devoted Afghan nationals who
kept humanitarian relief rolling throughout Afghanistan in the difficult
weeks since September 11.
"We are newly aware of the challenges we face as a global community,"
Bellamy added. "Now that we are focused on the children of Afghanistan,
let's renew our commitment to helping children everywhere grow to adulthood
in health, peace and dignity. I can't think of a more worthwhile or
effective way to change the world than through the children to whom
we will bequeath our societies."
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Ms. Bellamy will be available for media interviews throughout her trip,
including in Europe and Asia, schedule permitting.
She will also conduct formal press briefings in London, Geneva and
Upon her return from Afghanistan, Ms. Bellamy will be available for
interviews on December 7 & 8. Details will be available closer
to those dates.
For further information, please contact:
Liza Barrie, UNICEF Media,
New York (212) 326-7593
Marc Vergara, UNICEF Media, Geneva (4122) 909-5513
Chulho Hyun, UNICEF Media, Islamabad (92-300) 855-1927
Sarah Vincent, UK Committee for UNICEF, London (44-207-4055592)
Information on UNICEF's relief efforts in the Afghan region can be found
Speeches and Press releases on Afghanistan and region
- Ali makes rounds
of programmes in Kabul 18 Nov
- Muhummad Ali visit
Kabul to lend support 17 Nov
is one of worst places in the world to be pregnant 26 Oct
- America's Fund
for Afghan Children donates $750,000 for measles 15 October
praises Afghanistan for accepting land mine treaty 29 July
return in droves to school, survey shows 11 July
- New government
hailed, investment in children urged 20 June
- Afghanistan determined
to eradicate polio 15 April
opens at quake site 2 April
- UNICEF rushes
to aid quake survivors 27 March
schools triumphantly open 22 March
borders, a commitment to the future 15 March
to school campaign picks up speed 12 March 2002
- In Afghanistan,
huge back-to-school drive kicks off Wed, 20 February 2002
- Speech to the UN
Conference in Tokyo Monday, 22 Jan 2002
- Japan's gift bolsters
child health in region Friday, 21 Dec 2001)
- Immunization drive against
birth defects in Central Asia hailed (Wed. 28 Nov. 2001)
- Afghan children wage
battle of fear vs. hunger, illness, and cold (Fri. 16
- UNICEF warns winter
and war still threat to Afghan children (Wed. 14 Nov.2001)
- Mules haul
relief supplies for children in Afghanistan (1 Oct. 2001)
- UNICEF vows renewed
drive to protect rights of all children (Sept. 28 2001)
- More than $35 million
needed for Afghan children (28 Sept, 2001)
- Afghanistan woes deepen
for children and women (25 Sept. 2001)
- Relief flights bring
supplies to central Asia (Friday, 21 Sept. 2001)