So far, fifteen members have failed to agree on a common response to humanitarian disasters.
We still need to wait. Despite repeated warnings of an imminent famine in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, the 15 members of the UN Security Council have so far failed to agree on a common response.
Seven months after Addis Ababa began military operations in the province accused of rebellion, the humanitarian situation remains catastrophic. The United Nations estimates that 91% of Tigray’s population will need food assistance. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), this is the worst situation since the famine in Somalia ten years ago, killing 250,000 people. “This is the worst food insecurity I have seen in years”, Confirmed by Mark Lowcock, head of OCHA.
In recent months, UN officials have issued four warnings to the Security Council, just as they did “Whenever we think that conflict may lead to food insecurity or famine”, He explained. The first three alarms prompted a meeting of 15 members — behind closed doors — but the last alarm issued two weeks ago had no effect.
Ireland and Niger, which are responsible for the Security Council’s “conflict and malnutrition” issue, proposed to hold a public meeting, but faced major obstacles, including a simple joint statement, especially a statement from Russia. “In recent months, the relationship between Moscow and Addis Ababa has become much closer. Explanation Ashish Pradhan, de l’International Crisis Group (ICG). For example, the two ruling parties signed an agreement for closer cooperation. “
“Russian diplomats have begun to spread the view that Mark Lowcock has exceeded his authority, and what he said has nothing to do with humanitarian affairs,” An observer said. Last week, in order to prove their obstruction, they even suggested that the boss of OCHA who will step down on June 18th, “Want to leave the glory of the final blow before he leaves.”