New York, 24 September 2011 – Foreign Minister Samuel Žbogar continues his visit in New York to participate in the UN General Assembly and other accompanying events. On Saturday morning, he participated in the Mini-Summit on the Humanitarian Response to the Horn of Africa, which is currently coping with the worst drought in 51 years.
More than 30% of the population has been exposed to malnutrition as the drought destroyed crops, while the number of refugees has exceeded 800,000.
In his introductory speech, Minister Žbogar welcomed the efforts of Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, who visited the affected areas at the end of July. He presented Slovenia’s activities in relieving this humanitarian catastrophe and noted that the programmes to reduce the effects of drought in the African Horn should also include the fight against climate change.
Slovenia has allocated EUR 50,000 for food aid to the countries of the Horn of Africa, through the World Food Programme. Ethiopia and Kenya each received EUR 20,000, while Somalia was allocated EUR 10,000. The following Slovenian NGOs took part in the fund-raising for the affected population: the Slovenian NGDO platform SLOGA, the Humanitarian Response Centre (HOC), the Slovenian Red Cross, Caritas Slovenia and UNICEF. The EU has allocated more than EUR 686 million of aid to the African Horn countries, of which EUR 160 million was contributed by the European Commission.