Press Releases

25 May 2015
Burundi: Communiqué: Roundtable on the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region


Roundtable on the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region

Nairobi, 22 May 2015

United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinators or their representatives from 9 countries in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region (Burundi, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan and Tanzania), Regional Directors from humanitarian organizations including from Oxfam,...

15 May 2015
Rwanda: Burundi: Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) Joint communiqué, 11 May 2015

Nairobi, 11 May 2015 .

1. The Regional Representatives of OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP convened on 11 May 2015, and agreed in principle to develop a Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) to respond to the influx of refugees into Rwanda, Tanzania and DRC from Burundi based on the existing scenario and planning assumptions described in the Inter-Agency Contingency Plan for elections in Burundi. The plan will cover an initial six month period starting 1...

19 Mar 2015
Somalia: Somalia Humanitarian Key Messages February 2015 [EN/SO]
  1. The humanitarian crisis in Somalia remains among the largest, most protracted and most complex emergencies in the world today. About 731,000 Somalis face acute food insecurity despite improvements in some areas due to the contribution of good October to December rains, improved commercial flow in southern and central regions and the delivery of humanitarian assistance. A further 2.3 million people are on the verge of slipping into acute food...

23 Jan 2015
Syrian Arab Republic: UN Emergency Fund gives $100 million for aid operations in Syria and other poorly funded crises

(New York, 23 January 2014) – The United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, has allocated some US$100 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost life-saving relief work in Syria and 11 other countries where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low.

“Despite critical funding gaps, humanitarian workers remain committed to helping every vulnerable Syrian they can. This allocation from CERF will help ensure that they can...

08 Dec 2014
World: UN and partners launch $16.4 billion humanitarian appeal to bring aid to 57 million people in 2015 [EN/FR]

(Geneva, 8 December 2014): Humanitarian organizations aim to help at least 57.5 million of the most vulnerable people in the world with assistance in 2015 and require US$16.4 billion to do so. “Over 80 percent of those we intend to help are in countries mired in conflict where brutality and violence have had a devastating impact on their lives,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary- General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, as she launched...