Irish Aid Minister reviews cooperation with UN Agencies

Minister of State for Irish Aid, Conor Lenihan TD, visits the United Nation’s Headquarters today to review Irish Aid cooperation with UN agencies and on-going reforms within the UN system. His visit is timed to coincide with the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) international donors’ pledging conference for 2007, taking place in New York today.

Minister Lenihan will meet with Under Secretary Jan Egeland, who has overall responsibility for UN Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Affairs. Ireland is doubling its contribution to the CERF in 2007 (€20 million). The Under Secretary-General will update Minister Lenihan on critical humanitarian emergencies, including Darfur. The CERF has helped save lives and alleviate the suffering of millions of people caught in the throes of conflict or affected by natural hazards.

Minister Lenihan will meet with the Executive Directors of UNICEF and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to discuss Ireland’s cooperation with these agencies and progress on UN reform.  He will also meet with senior officials from the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

The Minister of State will attend a major address by out-going Secretary General, Kofi Annan, to mark International Human Rights Day on Friday.


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7 December 2006

Press Office


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