CRISIS DRAWS BELLAMY TO AFGHANISTAN
Two-Week Trip Will Begin and End With Visits To European
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
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
- 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
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
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Ms. Bellamy will be available for media interviews throughout
including in Europe and Asia, schedule permitting.
She will also conduct formal press briefings in London,
Geneva and Islamabad.
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:
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 at