RUNIC Press Release
5 January 2005
MINUTE OF SILENCE FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS
Death Toll Tops 150 000 As Relief Effort Gets Into High Gear
5 January 2005 (RUNIC) – Joining an initiative of the
Belgian Government and the European Commission, the Regional Information
Centre for Western Europe interrupted all activities today at 12:00
noon to observe three minutes of silence for the victims of the Tsunami
desater in Southern Asia.
This demonstration of solidarity with the affected region came against
the backdrop of a rising death-toll now well over 150 000 with thousands
still unaccounted for. Altogether 1 million people were displaced
and about 5 million are in urgent need of assistance. Having overcome
many initial obstacles, the United Nations is now, according to the
UN chief relief coordinator Jan Egeland, “making extraordinary
progress in reaching the majority of the people affected in the majority
of the areas”.
In a surge of unprecedented global generosity, well over 2 billion
US dollars have been pledged for emergiency relief activities.
Pledges – Contributions
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affaires (OCHA)
in Geneva is prepared to serve as a channel for unearmarked cash contributions
to be used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination with relevant
organizations in the United Nations system. For banking details, please
contact the desk officers indicated below.
Erik Hägglund/Mr. Soichi Nakajima
Direct Tel. +41-22-917 32 99/ 4034
Mr. Rudi Müller/Ms. Caroline Péguet
Direct Tel. 41-22-917 3131 / 1836
Byrs direct Tel. +41-22-917 26 53
Ms. Stephanie Bunker direct Tel. +1-917 367 51 26
Mr. Brian Grogan direct Tel. +1-212-963 11 43
For offers of services please contact Ms Isabelle
de Muyser-Boucher +41-22-917 3290
Those wishing to get personally involved in the relief
and reconstruction effort may wish to contact the UN Volunteers in
Bonn (+49-228- 815 2000) or contact their local UNICEF offices.