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United Nations: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had at the UN on strategic reserves for rapid response in emergency situations. (204364)

I have been asked to reply.

The Department for International Development (DFID) is in regular discussions with all United Nations (UN) agencies delivering humanitarian assistance, such as the World Food Programme (WFP), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), on the locations and quantities of their emergency stockpiles. This is part of our wider efforts to build global capacity for humanitarian response. Most recently, DFID officials met with WFP officials to discuss their Humanitarian Response Depots, which are currently being set up in five locations around the world. Emergency food supplies from the WFP stockpile in Brindisi, Italy, have already been drawn on to assist those affected by the recent cyclone in Burma.