Ministerial conference on the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Brussels, 13 February 2006


OCHA and the European Union will convene a ministerial conference hosted by the Belgian Government on the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the occasion of the launch of the Humanitarian Action Plan. More than 1,200 people in DRC die every day from the effects of civil war: malnutrition, disease, and displacement. The
2006 Action Plan is the result of intensive work of the entire humanitarian community in the DRC. The Conference constitutes a significant opportunity to bring together all of the actors who can make the necessary contributions toward alleviating the suffering of millions of Congolese and helping to give them access to the basic human requirements.

The meeting will be chaired by Jan Egeland, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Louis Michel, the EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid. The conference will be opened by Karel De Gucht, Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The debate will be introduced by Armand De Decker, Minister for Development Cooperation of Belgium.

The conference will take place at the Egmont Palace, Petit Sablon, 1000 Brussels. 9:30 - 16:00.

Media Aspects

1 . Registration /accreditations:

Journalists must be accredited. Registration must be completed before Friday 10 February 2006 12.00 by email to:

- EU:
OR- Belgian Foreign Minister:

Please mention first name, last name, birth date, media outlet you are representing, mobile telephone number, Belgian or European Commission press card number.

Journalists who do not have a Belgian or an EU press card, can obtain UN Press accreditation by filing the accreditation form (MS Word) and sending the request which must be accompanied by a letter from the editor to: OCHA Coordination and Response Division, attention of Ms Lilian Sangale (1-212-963-3630) or by e-mail to

2. Press conferences/Press coverage

Journalists are invited to cover

A/   The beginning of the conference until the break -9.30-11:00.
PRESS RDV 9.15 Egmont Palace, Main gate, Petit Sablon, 1000 Brussels

B/   At 13:00, the press conference will be given by the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel De Gucht, the Belgian Minister for Development Co-operation, Armand De Decker, EU Commissioner Louis Michel and USG Jan Egeland.

PRESS RDV At 12:45 for the first press conference, Salle Orange , Egmont Palace, Main gate, Petit Sablon, 1000 Brussels

Please note that the press that have been registered for the press conference at 13:00 are also invited to the lunch that will follow the briefing.

C/   At 16:15, the final press conference will be given by Ross Mountain, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Congo.

PRESS RDV At 15: 45 for the final press conference. Same place.


Elisabeth Byrs
OCHA Geneva
Information Officer/Spokesperson
Mob + 41 (O) 79 473 45 70

Amadeu Altafaj Tardio
Spokesperson of EU Commissioner Louis Michel
+ 32 2 302 295 2658
Mob + 32 (0) 498 952658

François Dumont
Deputy Spokesperson,
Federal Public Service, Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mob. + 32 (0) 475 72 76 35

Árni Snævarr
Information Officer
United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)
Mob: +32 (0) 497 458088

Jean-Luc Onckelinx
Information Officer
United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)
Mob + 32 (0) 476 215.485

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