Press Releases

  • 25 Jul 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Gambia Banjul, 25 July 2014: The United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Robert Piper, completed a visit to The Gambia, where he met senior Government officials, the humanitarian and development community as well as donors. During his mission, he also visited a maize seeds farm and the pediatric ward of one of the Edward Francis Small hospital in Banjul, hearing the concerns of farmers and families...
  • 24 Jul 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: World (Tokyo, 24 July 2014): United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, concluded a three-day mission to Tokyo today. During her visit, she co-hosted the North and South-East Asia Regional Consultation for the World Humanitarian Summit, along with the Governments of Indonesia and Japan. “We recognize that global humanitarian action is changing and...
  • 24 Jul 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: World Tokyo, Japan: 24 July 2014 Colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, I first of all want to say a huge thank you because you all worked very hard. I’ve just caught the tail end of some of it when I was talking to you at the reception last night. And I know that some controversial issues were raised and handled in a sensitive way. So my thanks to the representatives of national governments, regional organizations,...
  • 23 Jul 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Central African Republic Key Messages The emergency in the Central African Republic continues to have dramatic humanitarian consequences for people throughout the country. The entire population of 4.6 million people is affected, and tens of thousands of people urgently need protection, emergency shelter, food aid and healthcare. The collapse of state authorities and the total breakdown of law and order have led to...
  • 23 Jul 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia, South Sudan (New York, 23 July 2014): John Ging, Operations Director for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, says that more must be done to support the Government of Ethiopia in hosting the large influx of those fleeing violence and possible famine in South Sudan. 180,000 South Sudanese refugees have poured into Ethiopia since the start of 2014, at a steady rate of 25,000 per month, with...
  • 23 Jul 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Bangladesh Five-year old Ehsam (not his real name) had suffered from a debilitating inguinal hernia since he was six months old. Funding from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) helped get him the life-saving treatment he needed. Read the full article
  • 23 Jul 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory Mr. President and distinguished members of the Human Rights Council, thank you very much for convening this special session on the situation in Gaza. You have heard High Commissioner Pillay’s detailed briefing on the human rights and international humanitarian law elements of the conflict in Gaza and Israel. On behalf of Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, my briefing will focus on...
  • 23 Jul 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: World THE LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES IS CURRENTLY WORKING WITH OCHA ACROSS ITS MANDATED AREAS OF WORK 1.Coordinating humanitarian action, both on response and preparedness 2.Advocating for the rights of people in need 3.Developing humanitarian policy and analysis 4.Spearheading humanitarian information management 5.Overseeing humanitarian financing needs for the system
  • 22 Jul 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory (New York) UN Women is deeply concerned by the escalation of violence in the crisis relating to Gaza. It has taken a catastrophic toll on tens of thousands of civilians, many of whom are women and children. UN Women joins the United Nations Secretary-General and Security Council in calling for an immediate ceasefire, respect for international humanitarian law and the protection of civilians...
  • 22 Jul 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, World (New York, 23 July 2014) – United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, has allocated US$75 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost life-saving relief work in two of the world’s most neglected regions: the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa. Eleven countries were selected...