UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urges Member States to show solidarity with the Filipinos

11 Nov 2013

New York, 11 November 2013 - Secretary-General's briefing to the General Assembly

Let me start by reiterating my appreciation to the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Amb. John Ashe, for his skilful stewardship during this challenging period.

Let me also stress the importance I attach to an ongoing dialogue with the Member States.

Before I start this informal briefing, I would like to express my condolences to the Government and people of the Philippines for the death and destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as ‘Yolanda’.

I have spoken with His Excellency Foreign Minister [Albert F. del Rosario] of the Philippines to offer the full support of the United Nations.

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, will be in Manila tomorrow to launch the UN humanitarian action plan.

The United Nations today announced an emergency allocation of $25 million to fund critical relief efforts.

On Saturday, a UN Disaster and Assessment Coordination team arrived in Tacloban, one of the worst affected areas.

United Nations agencies in the Philippines are working with their humanitarian partners to support the Government in its response.

Agencies have begun airlifting food, shelter, medical and other life-saving supplies.

We have all seen the heart-breaking images of the impact of this huge storm, one of the largest to ever make landfall.  Many thousands of people are reported to have died, and almost 10 million people have been affected.

I thank Member States for their contributions to the relief effort, which must expand urgently in the days ahead.

Let us all show our solidarity with the people of the Philippines at this time of need.

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