Press Releases

  • 12 Feb 2016
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Syrian Arab Republic Regarding the article: “Aiding Disaster: How the United Nations’ OCHA Helped Assad and Hurt Syrians in Need” (published 1 February 2016 in ‘Snapshot’, Foreign Affairs) Dr. Sparrow’s article highlights the grim reality for civilians enduring a brutal war in Syria, where millions are subject to the political and military interests of the parties and their supporters. Over 250,000 killed, 6.5 million...
  • 12 Feb 2016
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Syrian Arab Republic (New York, 12 February 2016) I welcome the news that the members of the International Syria Support Group have agreed to a cessation of hostilities in Syria. I urge the parties to the conflict to ensure full, sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access, including to besieged and hard-to-reach areas, in accordance with their obligations under international humanitarian law. The people of Syria -...
  • 11 Feb 2016
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Haiti Port-au-Prince, 11 February 2016. - Mr John Ging, Director of Coordination and Response Division of OCHA is expected to visit Haiti from 11 to 13 February to see first-hand the impact of the crises in the country, the priority humanitarian needs, ongoing response and gaps as well as help raise the humanitarian profile of the situation of Haiti. The humanitarian situation in Haiti has deteriorated considerably in...
  • 11 Feb 2016
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Haiti Port-au-Prince, le 11 février 2016.- Le Directeur des opérations du Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires (OCHA), Monsieur John Ging, sera en visite en Haïti du 11 au 13 février 2016 en vue de se rendre compte de l'impact des crises dans le pays, les besoins humanitaires prioritaires, la réponse en cours, les lacunes, et de relever le profil humanitaire de la situation du pays. La situation...
  • 11 Feb 2016
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: World Suva, Fiji, 12 February 2016 The Pacific’s humanitarian challenges have been placed front and centre of the agenda for May’s World Humanitarian Summit in a new report by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. The report, released this week, outlines the Secretary-General’s vision for humanity and identifies five core humanitarian responsibilities of the international community. “For the Pacific,...
  • 10 Feb 2016
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the oPt Country: occupied Palestinian territory Remarks delivered on behalf of Robert Piper, Coordinator for Humanitarian and UN Development Activities for the occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah, 10 February 2016 Good morning everyone. On behalf of the Humanitarian Country Team in the occupied Palestinian territory, I want to thank each of you for coming today. In particular,...
  • 10 Feb 2016
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah, 10 February 2016 Today, the Minister of Finance and Planning of the State of Palestine, H.E. Mr. Shukry Bishara, and the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities in the occupied Palestinian territory Mr. Robert Piper launched the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016, to support the humanitarian needs of 1.6 million Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian...
  • 09 Feb 2016
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: South Sudan (Juba, 9 February 2016): With humanitarian needs rising in South Sudan, the Humanitarian Coordinator has called for urgent funding to enable aid organizations to rapidly scale-up humanitarian action during the dry season. “Aid workers are in a race against time to respond in areas previously cut off by fighting and rains, and to pre-position vital supplies ahead of the next rainy season,” said Mr. Eugene Owusu...
  • 08 Feb 2016
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Syrian Arab Republic (New York, 8 February 2016) I am gravely concerned by reports that over 30,000 civilians have been displaced from Aleppo city and other areas in northern Syria over the past week, by heavy clashes and aerial bombardment by the Government of Syria, allied forces and armed groups. About 80 per cent of them are estimated to be women and children. We have reports that civilians have been killed and...
  • 08 Feb 2016
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Colombia Al menos 140 familias, 700 personas se encuentran afectadas por un movimiento en masa – agrietamiento- que se presenta en el Resguardo de Aponte, Municipio de Tablón de Gómez, habitado principalmente por indígenas de la etnia Inga. Producto del movimiento, 130 viviendas han resultado afectadas; 42 familias se encuentran albergadas en casas de vecinos y esperan recibir subsidio de arrendamiento; un número no...