USAID Shah, UN Amos, EU Georgieva: South Sudan on the Brink of Food Crisis

Officials Co-Host Press Conference on Deepening Humanitarian Crisis

For Immediate Release

Friday, April 11, 2014
USAID Press Office
202-712-4320

WASHINGTON – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos and EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid, and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva will co-host a press conference on Saturday, April 12, at the UN Foundation in Washington, D.C., to underscore the severity of the growing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. The officials will also share information about new efforts to raise awareness about the crisis.

An estimated one million people have been displaced in just over 100 days after violence erupted on December 15, 2013, in South Sudan. There is urgent need for the international community to mobilize funding and work with great speed to assist the 30 percent of the South Sudanese population already facing a food security crisis. The United States is the leading donor in assistance to South Sudan, having committed more than $411 million to date.

WHO:

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos
EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid, and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva

WHAT: Press Conference on South Sudan
WHEN:

Saturday, April 12, 2014
12 p.m. (Noon) EDT
Media call time is 11:20 a.m.

WHERE:

United Nations Foundation

1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20006

Accredited members of the news media may register for this event by contacting usaidpressofficers@usaid.gov, or calling 202-712-4320.

 

Last updated: June 20, 2014

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