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"mr lowcock" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing
"Welcome to today's edition of the briefing with me andrew ramallah. It is entirely possible that the country which consumes most of the discussion at this weekend's g. Seven summit in cornwall is one which is not attending china. Us president joe biden is expected to spend the summit encouraging other members to take a tougher line on china on a number of fronts and it is hard to misty subtext any list of non g seven nations whose leaders were invited australia south korea south africa and very much the kind of allies one might wish to enlist in taking such a stand by way of of some of the tougher talk. We can expect here is. Us secretary of state anthony blinken speaking lost month. We see Genocide haven't taken place against the workers in xinjiang more than a million people have been put into choose your term concentration camps reeducation camps internment camps when beijing says. Oh there's a terrorism threat which we don't see it's not coming from a million people. That was your secretary of state. Anthony blinken joining me. Now is isabel hilton. Ceo of china dialogue Isabel vet question. First of all is joe biden trying to shape the g. seven into basically the anti-china club. Joe biden is continuing the reshaping of american foreign policy around the core issue of china. I think that is going to be that. The kind of driving of point of american foreign policy for the foreseeable future because it's couched in both economic Security and ideological terms and he since he takes a more collaborative approach to the world than his predecessor to that extent. Yes he will be hoping to do this. Although i think it will be quite difficult to get everyone to fall into line with the us priorities on this particularly the europeans. Well you allude to president biden's predescessor who also took a radically tough line on china Do you perceive a substantial difference in their attitudes if not their approaches. Well i think that you know if you look at. The number of policy initiatives from the trump era remain in place in in the biden presidency. You might conclude the you know there was quite a lot of continuity and it. Certainly i think the core perception that the that the greatest challenge to the liberal world order over which the united states is now again presiding. is china. I think that is not going to change what what has changed. Courses is the united states view of its role in that liberal world order america i was was not supportive of the liberal world order and that was extremely alarming to america's traditional allies. So the woman. Brace of joe biden saying back. We're back and yes we will continue to guarantee this and you will help us you know. Obviously that's welcome so at this point it's about it's about the degree to which european countries in particular prepared to take that on as priority against other considerations of business finance and and you know astronomy different geopolitical outlook because that plays into. I guess that we heard from president biden in the introduction to the show where he says we will take on directly the challenges posed to our prosperity security and democratic values by china. That is some proper old school cold war talk but can the united states and the rest of the g. seven actually take a proper old school cold war approach to china because of course these countries all economically entwined with china in a way that they never were with the soviet union absolutely and and that of course is the big question that everyone's been wrestling with. I think to a considerable extent. They they would agree with the diagnosis. I mean it is quite clear that under xi jinping there are new ambitions on on the china side. This is not a party that believes in liberal democracy it sees liberal democracy and all its virtues as we would see them as the enemy of the chinese communist party. Now that's fine as long as you're talking about domestic politics in china but if china really wants to be a global superpower it has to try to persuade or impose its values on on its allies. Now that is where the trouble starts and we can see plummeting of the chinese reputation over the last two years as a result. What is going to be different. I mean if you look at a country for example like germany where you know it's big companies it. Volkswagen sells more cars in china than it does in europe so there are always going to be compromises and for us business to you know nobody is is really willing to see this devolve into a completely divided world but that is the that is the endless conversation that we are now in four and the big blocks have come to this rather similar conclusion that you compete where you can you cooperate where you can but also you confront way you must and that pretty much is the european position how rigorously they pursue. It will be different. The united states except we did here in that clip from anthony. Blinken there the new. Us secretary of state's rhetoric which goes a bit beyond that he absolutely dropped the g word. A genocide In talking about china. And that's that is not a term. You just bandy about that has moral and some would argue series legal implications. I mean if the us is going to keep on accusing china of perpetrating. The worst of all crimes doesn't the us oblige itself at some point at the risk of its own credibility to actually back that up. Well it has backed it. Up to some extent as indeed has europe with sanctions on individuals. You know to whom this policies attributed that has been met by counter sanctions from china and china passed a new law which will enable it to take Illegal measures I again in as counter sanctions. Do anything else That western powers in pose biden the biden administration even if it wished to would have great difficulty stepping back from genocide as an accusation. Which of course Came up right at the end of the trump administration. Because you knew. The biden administration is on a tight grow politically. Domestically with very uncooperative Republican party just looking for what they could Define as signs of weakness. So you know. There is a limited flexibility for joe biden right now on on that kind of issue where he is proving very distinct from trump is into degree that what is emboldened. China is the perception. I think sincerely held by the chinese communist party. That western democracies are in decline particularly nited states is in so much trouble domestically that it is It is a diminishing enemy now. If joe biden can restore democratic healthy the united states which is by no means guaranteed at this point. And can you give give the electric confidence that politics conserve the people again in the united states. Then he will be in a better position to confront china. but if he can't do that then then china will continue to be emboldened and i think we will feel the rather chilly wind of having a united states which is no longer able to sustain the liberal democratic order as it has in the past isabel hilton as always for joining us. That was the china expert and regular monocle. Twenty four contributor is hilton there. You are listening to the briefing. Here is to rabelo with the days of headlines. Thanks andrew the united nations eight chief. Mark lowcock has warned that more than three hundred and fifty thousand people in ethiopia's tigray region are suffering famine conditions. Would millions more at risk. Mr lowcock added at most of the five and a half million people in tigray need food eight thirty six year old..
Monday’s blaze uprooted more than 45,000 mostly ethnic Rohingya
"The reindeer refugees who lost everything in a massive at a camp in southern bangladesh. Need the world support more than ever. That's the message from the. Us emergency relief. Chief mark lowcock his released fourteen million dollars from a central fund to support thousands of families that coupon camp in southern bangladesh. Monday's blaze up rooted more than forty. Five thousand mostly ethnic ringer. The cause of the fire is still unknown. As is the exact number of casualties at the camp. You in children's fund spokesperson. James elder told you a news shortly after the blaze was brought under control u. n. team on the ground have been reporting. I've the last twelve hours that they have not really seen anything at the scale and intensity that has ripped through homes. You've got ten people living in a small shanty as a family or as an extended family so you end reporting at the moment that at least fifteen people dead four hundred missing tens of thousands so again already living a very difficult situation tens of thousands of lost what they call their homes. And what have a mega positions. They had a statement on thursday. Mr lowcock described the refugees who fled what top officials of liken to ethnic cleansing in myanmar. In two thousand seventeen as one of the world's most vulnerable communities they need our support now more than ever as the covid nineteen pandemic continues to take its toll and with the approaching monsoon season. The un emergency relief coordinator explained.
The U.S. Is Culpable for Yemen's Tragedy
"United states decision to designate. Yemen's who hoodies as a terrorist organization will likely lead to a large-scale famine. Not seen for nearly forty years. The un emergency relief chief said on thursday in his address to the security council mark. Lowcock said that it was not his intention to question the us decision which was announced last sunday against ansar. Allah has the who teas are formerly known but he noted that yemenis were already stockpiling whatever they can afford while humanitarian agencies had long been unanimously opposed to the development fearing that commercial importers of food fuel and medicines would walk away from the war-torn country their fears of being caught up in. Us regulatory action. Which would put them out of business into jail. The un official explained before insisting that aid agencies simply cannot replace commercial importers latest. You in data indicates that sixteen million people will go hungry in yemen this year. Nearly six years after conflict erupted between the government of president at rob amancio had he and hootie forces who control vast stretches of the country about fifty thousand people are essentially starving to death in what is essentially a small famine. Mr lowcock told the security council adding that another five million just one step behind them
UN appeals for $35 billion to help world’s ‘most vulnerable and fragile’
"A record two hundred thirty five million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection next year. A near forty percent increase on twenty twenty which is almost entirely from covid. Nineteen the un's emergency relief. Chief said on. Tuesday mark lowcock said that the global health crisis had impacted dramatically. People already reeling from conflict record levels of displacement and climate change sharks he said that multiple famines were also looming and that the un and partners were overwhelmed. They hate your we are presenting. Is the bleakest dockage perspective on humanitarian aid period. Ahead that we have ever sat towns. I think is a reflection of fact. That's a has reached on across the whole of the most fragile unbundled boundaries on the planet this year's global humanitarian sets out plans to reach one hundred sixty million of the most vulnerable people in fifty six countries. Eight funding will be used next year to stave off famine fight poverty and keep children vaccinated and in school. Mr lowcock explained and cash will also be used from the un's central emergency relief fund to tackle rising violence against women and girls linked to the pandemic
UN asks the world to invest $29 billion in humanity in 2020
"A record one hundred and sixty eight million people worldwide will need help and protection in twenty twenty or roughly one in every forty five people on the planet the UN's top humanitarian official said on Wednesday mark lowcock was speaking in Geneva where the UN and its humanitarian partners launched a plan to assist one hundred nine million of the most vulnerable. The global humanitarian overview twenty twenty aims aims to save more lives and alleviate suffering in crises from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and will cost around twenty nine billion dollars. Mr Lowcock said climate change protracted conflicts and economic instability are devastating millions of lives and the international community must stand up face Fox and fight back more. People were affected by conflict and more people are affected by climate change related events than we had projected on on current trends are projections. Show that more than two hundred million people could be in need of assistance. By twenty twenty two he added added that Yemen will remain the world's worst humanitarian crisis next year. With some twenty four million people in need that number which is roughly eighty percent of the population. Appellation is close to the twenty nineteen levels
Hurricane Dorian wreaked unprecedented mass destruction on Bahamas: UN relief chief
"This is matt wells u._n. News in the wake of hurricane doreen you and emergency relief coordinator mark lowcock flew to the bahamas on wednesday to meet with the prime minister and other members the government and discussed the next steps in the relief effort access to the worst affected islands of grand bahama and avocado remains extremely limited and the death toll is expected you to rise speaking in an exclusive interview with you and uses conor lennon. Mr lowcock described the scene as one of mass destruction huge numbers of homes destroyed breath huge areas of settlements towns and villages inundated with water debris everywhere call submerged with water save scenes of devastation on <hes> essentially the whole bulk of the population of those two islands apcoa <hes> <hes> set of violence and the population of fifteen twenty thousand people and then grand bahama with population probably the over fifty thousand people now you've made with the prime minister of the the bahamas the mood they must be pretty somber. Yes the <hes> hamas has never seen and events on such a catastrophic doc. Scale is this and <hes> it wasn't just the the hurricane was a huge hurricane much bigger than had been predicted but it hung in <hes> vicious way really for more than twenty four hours over deceptive islands batching them research after surge of seawater altering i wins and so on and so the <hes> government who <hes> used to dealing with that disasters aw aw naturally struck by the scale of the challenge they face. They have mobilized their system in an effective way they all the u._n. To come and help to prepare late last week which we did. We have people on the ground from friday. More than twenty percents of the population of the country probably has been affected in a very acute severe way by this disaster and really a huge event the like of which never been seen before in the bahamas. I mean if you in now the place is what it would be for twenty percent of the population of a country to have their lives lives turned upside down in their homes devastated in a single event over the the period of a couple of days the u._k. Twenty percent people if it were to happen in the u._k. Would be twelve million people just imagine something of that order. When you get a sense of wall the scale of the challenge facing the bahamas is now of course. It's a country with much more to population proportionate portion to its size. This is really unprecedented and catastrophic for the bahamas. Any government would be you know struck by the scale of the challenge and what we in the u._n. Wants to do is just provide the best health before we can as they meet the needs of their people and that's the commitment i made to the prime minister and his senior colleagues in the cabinet axis. This is still very difficult. Isn't it in the affected areas. How don't you think it will be before you can actually get teams on the ground. Access is very difficult. Most of the airports clashed population centers and not usable currently there. There are these these one apple in the south of the avocado islands which probably is operable apart. It's a long way from the main population centers and the roads between the formulation centers basically cut off. Some of the docs are also not useable so the main main means of access at the moment practically speaking is by helicopter and <hes> helicopters have been collecting the people in most severe need for example live <hes> medical evacuation and taking them to hospitals given that some of those in <hes> avocado and grand bahama. I'm not able to function of the moment how along will be before airports not running again and this this a facilities in us in to say at this stage where we are hoping and to have more assessment teams on the ground imminently. Do you have an idea on the list of what the next steps will be. Probably about. Seventy thousand people who are in need of surgent assistance in the prime minister told me that his priorities with food water shelter accommodation he's also rightly of course folks so maintaining public order and security security and there's also needs for health and medical services. We <hes> have had some casualty figures. Are you expecting these. She goes to rise tragically. It is very likely that the confirmed death toll is going to rise the prime minister told me that so far the official figures <hes> going to eight people having lost allies but i think it's it is likely that the final number will turn out to be. I'm afraid substantially very substantially potentially larger than that of course remediate focuses to try to avoid further loss of life and that's why there's this urgent priority on food food water accommodation health services for people so that there is for the loss of life beyond lab. That's already taken place even impossible to assess all of it. The bahamas is a prosperous country. What would you say to those who are wondering why the united nations needs to be involved in the relief effort huge event event twenty percent of the population affected. The government is taking the lead in organizing nursing homes. I'm paying the response <hes> any government for an event to solve just scale would naturally look for international assistance and the u._n. Has a very important role to play in that so what i would say is there's a human solidarity human even empathy and suffering. We all understand which would justify just the u._n. But overtones as well contributing to meet people's needs at this time of extreme <hes> tragedy is that we haven't covered that you think it's important for people to understand about the situation. I think you've got that rush. They're really thank you as we've covered the main things i wanted to cover okay. Maybe <hes> you know it's not really <hes> in the press briefing about what this this means <hes>. Let me just ask you a question about that so i understand around twenty percents of the population is affected and gives an idea of what this means for the bahamas.