Press Releases

    SG/SM/9673
         IHA/988
         13 January 2005

    Secretary-General Welcomes Generous Pledges for Tsunami Relief, Urges Establishment of Regional Early Warning Mechanism

    NEW YORK, 12 January (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General welcomes the generous pledges and, more importantly, the firm commitments announced yesterday in Geneva in response to the United Nations Flash Appeal for the countries affected by the tsunami.

    Having had the opportunity this week to visit the affected region and witness the immense human suffering, he is acutely aware of the enormous needs, both in terms of immediate relief and longer term recovery.

    Given the unprecedented needs, the Secretary-General appeals to (members of) the international community to rapidly deliver on their pledges and urges all donors to sustain their support throughout the rehabilitation and reconstruction phase. He also urges the international community to establish a regional early warning mechanism.

    The Secretary-General appreciates this expression of confidence by the international community in the United Nations’ coordination of relief efforts, and reiterates his intention to urgently establish a financial tracking system to ensure transparency, accountability and efficient management of relief and reconstruction funds.

    The Secretary-General looks forward to continued international cooperation, building on the encouraging efforts made during the initial response to the crisis. He hopes that the global outpouring of

    solidarity and generosity will become a model for the response to other humanitarian crises.

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