WORLD North Korea makes progress in humanitarian field, but challenges remain: UN official

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North Korea makes progress in humanitarian field, but challenges remain: UN official

Xinhua

03:27, July 12, 2018

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Mark Lowcock, UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, speaks at a press briefing in Pyongyang, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on July 11, 2018. The DPRK has made a lot of progress on the humanitarian front since 2012, although challenges remain regarding child malnutrition as well as the lack of safe water and medical supplies, Mark Lowcock said here Wednesday. (Photo: Xinhua/Cheng Dayu)

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has made a lot of progress on the humanitarian front since 2012, although challenges remain regarding child malnutrition as well as the lack of safe water and medical supplies, a visiting United Nations official said here Wednesday.

Mark Lowcock, UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, told a press briefing that he held talks with DPRK officials and reviewed the impact of international humanitarian assistance as well as challenges facing the country.

He said the DPRK has made a lot of progress, illustrated by the fact that the number of stunted children has dropped from 28 percent to 20 percent since 2012.

Lowcock said the DPRK would receive a $110 million assistance package through donations by UN member countries.

He pointed out that DPRK still faces a lot of challenges in child malnutrition, lack of safe water, and above all, medical supply shortages in hospitals and nurseries.

The UN official visited a hospital, a kindergarten and some farming areas in DPRK's South Hwanghae Province.

Lowcock's visit was the first to the DPRK by a UN undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator in seven years.

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