Press Releases

  • 30 Sep 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo Coordination/ Keys developments 8 health personnel h ave died of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since the outbreak of the epidemic . On 28 Sept ember, the total number of cases i s(see table above for details) of which2 deaths , an overall lethality rate of around 60%. The latest confirmed case w as on 24 September. The United Nations Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) is nearing the completion of...
  • 30 Sep 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Gambia Dakar, 30 September 2014: A few weeks ahead of the harvest, the Gambian government, UN agencies and donors met in Dakar to review the humanitarian situation in The Gambia. “The rainy season started weeks late in The Gambia and when the rains eventually came, they were erratic and probably insufficient to salvage the season” warned Robert Piper, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator...
  • 30 Sep 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Jordan, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey Madam President, Seven months have passed since the adoption of resolution 2139, and two months since the adoption of resolution 2165 on the humanitarian situation in Syria. The resolutions aim to stop the relentless violence and violations of international human rights and humanitarian law against Syria's people. They also seek to improve access to those in need. But the...
  • 29 Sep 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Qatar, Syrian Arab Republic (New York, 29 September 2014) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, and His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Al Meraikhi of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, met today to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria and neighbouring countries. “Qatar’s announcement today of US$20 million for the Humanitarian Pooled Fund will enable us and...
  • 25 Sep 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: South Sudan (New York, 25 September 2014) Millions of people hit by conflict and severe food insecurity need urgent help in South Sudan. World leaders, aid chiefs and other senior representatives came together today at the United Nations to raise awareness of the urgency of the humanitarian situation and call for a peaceful solution to the crisis. Nearly two million people have been forced from their homes by violence...
  • 25 Sep 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: South Sudan (Juba, 25 September 2014): So far in 2014, donors have contributed close to US$1.2 billion for humanitarian action in South Sudan, including over $980 million for projects in the South Sudan Crisis Response Plan. To enhance transparency of the flow of resources for humanitarian action in South Sudan and other emergencies around the world, the United Nations maintains an online system called the Financial...
  • 24 Sep 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: South Sudan (Juba, 24 September 2014) United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations are launching the planning for the 2015 aid operation in South Sudan at the beginning of October. The planning is to take place in close collaboration with South Sudanese people and institutions and authorities at the local, state and national levels in order to help inform the aid community’s response to the ongoing crisis...
  • 23 Sep 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Dominican Republic, World (New York, 23 September 2014) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, and Her Excellency Ms. Zoraima Cuello of the Dominican Republic, today signed a joint statement on regional and international humanitarian issues. “The Dominican Republic plays an important role in supporting crisis response in the Caribbean,” noted USG Amos. “The...
  • 22 Sep 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo Coordination/ Keys developments *Four suspected cases were negative after laboratory tests on two different samples and therefore discharged and declared "non-case", bringing down to 68 the total number of cases on 18 September (see table above for details ) of which 41 deaths; an overall lethality rate of slightly over 60%. **8 health personnel have died of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)...
  • 19 Sep 2014
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Philippines On 15 September, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level of Mayon Volcano (located in Albay province, Region V, Bicol) from 2 to 3, on a five-level alert system indicating that magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption is possible within weeks. A State of Calamity was declared in 46 barangays (lowest administrative unit in the Philippines) within the 6 km Permanent...