Press Releases

  • 22 Sep 2017
    Source: Government of Sweden, Government of the Netherlands, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Denmark, Netherlands, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Yemen Co-Chairs’ summary issued by Ms. Margot Walström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden; Mr. Bert Koenders, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands; and Mr. Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator....
  • 22 Sep 2017
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Bangladesh, Myanmar In the last three weeks, nearly 430,000 Rohingya refugees have fled violence across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh. Refugees have arrived exhausted, hungry and traumatized by their weeks-long ordeal. Some have arrived with injuries caused by gunshots, fire and landmines. Thousands paid extortionate fees to make risky crossings from Myanmar in small boats, and dozens of people reportedly drowned...
  • 22 Sep 2017
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Iraq When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) arrived in Al-Udheim in early 2014, the town experienced large-scale displacement as people fled north to safety in Kirkuk Governorate and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In early 2017, hundreds of those people returned to Al-Udheim, which lies in a flat farming landscape in Khalis district in the east of Diyala Governorate, bordering Salah al-Din Governorate. But...
  • 22 Sep 2017
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen North-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are facing devastating humanitarian crises. To avert a humanitarian catastrophe, the United Nations and our partners have dramatically scaled up operations. Together with the World Bank, the UN is also stepping up cooperation between humanitarian and development partners. By strengthening such links, we aim to not only save lives, but...
  • 22 Sep 2017
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen North-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are facing devastating humanitarian crises. To avert a humanitarian catastrophe, the United Nations and our partners have dramatically scaled up operations. Together with the World Bank, the UN is also stepping up cooperation between humanitarian and development partners. By strengthening such links, we aim to not only save lives, but...
  • 22 Sep 2017
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Yemen As delivered Ministers, Distinguished Representatives, Thank you for coming this morning to discuss the critical humanitarian situation in Yemen. I especially want to thank the Foreign Minister of Sweden, Margot Wallström, and the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Bert Koenders, for co-chairing today’s event, as well as our keynote speakers, the President of the International Committee for the Red Cross, Peter...
  • 22 Sep 2017
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Nigeria The first cholera cases were identified in Borno State, north-east Nigeria, on 16 August, despite extensive efforts to improve sanitation conditions in camps and to raise awareness of the importance of best hygiene practices. The insurgency, and the efforts to quell it, have forcibly displaced 1.7 million people in north-east Nigeria, many of whom are living in dire conditions. To date, health partners have counted...
  • 22 Sep 2017
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Syrian Arab Republic UN Headquarters, New York, New York, September 21 2017 Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, thank you. When we met in Brussels in April, we heard strong statements of humanitarian commitment. Some $6 billion pledged by over 40 governments for this year, with a further $3.7 billion pledged for 2018. There was also a clear agreement that the civilians whose lives have been...
  • 21 Sep 2017
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Cameroon, Chad, Denmark, Japan, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria Co-chairs statement issued on behalf of: Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock; European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, H.E. Mr. Christos Stylianides; and African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, H.E. Ms. Minata Samate Cessouma. On 21 September, we hosted the “...
  • 21 Sep 2017
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria UN Headquarters, New York, 21 September 2017, 08:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. As Delivered Excellencies, Ministers, Distinguished Guests, Welcome to this high-level event on the humanitarian situation in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region. Last week, immediately on starting this job, I visited Diffa in Niger and Borno in Nigeria: two areas that have been severely impacted by the Boko Haram...