Press Releases

16 Aug 2016
Yemen: UN Emergency Fund allocates US$50 Million to Neglected Aid Operations to Assist Two Million People in Dire Need

(New York, 16 August 2016) Today, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, released US$50 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for severely underfunded aid operations in six neglected emergencies. The funds will provide life-saving assistance for two million people in dire humanitarian need, including 200,000 refugees, 665,000 internally displaced persons, 170,000 returnees and 530,000 people in host communities. “This funding is a lifeline...

18 Jul 2016
Zimbabwe: “Response to El Niño in Southern Africa” Conference: Outcome Statement Issued on behalf of Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-Wha Kang

London, 14 July 2016

The impact of the current El Niño is felt globally, affecting over 60 million people. Southern Africa is of particular concern as the region is facing its worst drought in 35 years, with an estimated 40 million people facing food insecurity, including some 23 million in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

Five countries – Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe – have already declared national emergencies,...

13 Jun 2016
Kenya: Joint Communique Kenya and Somalia on President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's visit to Kenya 6-8 June 2016


At the invitation of H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia paid a three day Official Visit to Kenya from 6th to 8th June, 2016.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud visited Dadaab Refugee Camp on Monday 6th June, 2016 and addressed the refugees. He...

12 May 2016
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Un an après leur arrivée en RDC, les réfugiés burundais nécessitent toujours assistance

Au cours des 12 derniers mois, plus de 22 900 réfugiés burundais sont arrivés en RDC dans la foulée des tensions politiques dans leur pays d’origine, dont 22 026 dans la seule province du Sud-Kivu. Ces réfugiés sont arrivés dans un contexte humanitaire fortement affecté en termes de protection des civils et de ressources disponibles.

Dans la Plaine de la Ruzizi, nord du territoire d’Uvira, des tensions intercommunautaires entre les communautés Barundi, Bafuliru et...

08 Mar 2016
World: Humanitarian Private Sector Partnership Platform (HPPP) launched in East Africa

Nairobi, 8 March 2016: The world is currently facing an unprecedented number of humanitarian crises, putting more strain on responders. The number of people targeted for assistance has more than doubled over the past decade, with the global funding requirements increasing at a much faster rate. An estimated US$20 billion is needed in 2016 to meet the needs of some 87 million people in need, compared to $18 billion that was required to reach 52 million...