January 26, 2007 13:45 ET

Media Advisory: UNICEF Sheds Light on the Forgotten Emergencies of the World

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 26, 2007) -

Attention: Assignment Editors, News Directors, Foreign Affairs Journalists

On Monday, January 29, 2007, UNICEF will release its annual Humanitarian Action Report, providing an overview of the situation of children in the world's worst emergencies. It also accompanies UNICEF's annual appeal for funding for 33 humanitarian emergencies around the world. Nearly one-fifth of the total is for Sudan, including programmes in the Darfur region. The report highlights the under-funding of these emergencies - noting that in 2006 just over a third of the required funding for these emergencies was received from governments and private donors.

The report also highlights the nature of emergencies encompassing recent natural disasters, conflicts and the ever growing impact of HIV/AIDS in both initiating emergency situations and undermining nations' ability to cope with other emergency factors.


UNICEF Canada President & CEO Nigel Fisher is available for interviews and brings great expertise on the topic. As an assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, Mr. Fisher served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction in Afghanistan from February 2002 until August 2003. He led UNICEF's post-genocide recovery operations in the Great Lakes region of Africa in 1994 and 1995. And in 1998 he served as United Nations Visiting Fellow at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade advising the Minister on the development of foreign policy regarding children in armed conflict.


For an advance copy of The Humanitarian Action Report, please contact: Tilla Seh at (416) 482-4444 Ext. 814 or by email: tseh@unicef.ca

Note: The report is embargoed until: 7 a.m. January 29, 2006.

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