LILONGWE - James T. Morris, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa, will start his third visit to Malawi on Tuesday as part of a four-nation UN mission to assess the triple threat of food insecurity, weakened capacity for governance and AIDS.
The mission will review current responses to the humanitarian situation and follow up on previous visits to the region in September 2002, January 2003, and March 2004 when Morris reviewed the role that HIV/AIDS, drought, and food insecurity have played in exacerbating humanitarian needs.
Morris will meet with President Dr. Binguway Mutharika as well as Cabinet Ministers, and the Commissioner for Disaster Management and Relief. During his stay in Malawi, Mr. Morris will commemorate the Day of the African Child by visiting an orphan care center to underscore the devastating impact of AIDS on the community.
The mission, which includes senior staff from eight UN agencies, will also look at how the UN system and the international community can more effectively assist Malawi's most vulnerable people in battling the effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
While in the region, Morris will also visit Mozambique, Swaziland and Namibia.
Morris was appointed UN Special Envoy in July 2002, four months after he joined the UN World Food Programme as Executive Director. Mission members include representatives from FAO, OCHA, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP, and WHO. It will be his fourth visit to the region as Special Envoy.
NOTE FOR THE MEDIA:
• A virtual tour of the Special Envoy's mission can be followed on the web; go to www.wfp.org
Adebayo Fayoyin in Lilongwe
Tel: +265 1-770-770
Cell: +265 9922-743
(traveling with the S. Envoy)