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The United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Dr. Natalia Kanem has arrived in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to attend the Extraordinary African Union (AU) Humanitarian Summit and Pledging Conference taking place from 25 to 27 May 2022.

The Extraordinary AU Humanitarian Summit will address Africa's current humanitarian challenges, exacerbated by the socio-economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, conflicts and disasters across the continent. UNFPA Executive Director Kanem, on 27 May 2022, joins Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, and other top-ranking UN officials to address the Heads of State and Government, high-level government officials and ministers at the Extraordinary Summit in Malabo.

Dr. Natalia Kanem will take the opportunity alongside other international development and humanitarian partners to commit support to the expected new AU Humanitarian Agency.  “Africa faces daunting humanitarian crises with millions of lives at stake,” said Kanem. “Let us invest in humanitarian response, peace and sustainable development and prioritize the needs and rights of women and girls to unleash greater progress.”

On the margins of the Humanitarian Summit and Pledging Conference, UNFPA, together with other UN agencies, is co-hosting side events to explore innovative solutions to existing and emerging health and humanitarian challenges on the continent. These side-events will provide opportunities to reflect on pertinent issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing humanitarian needs, climate change, violent conflicts, poverty, food insecurity and political instability that are causing rising suffering, death and displacement.



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