Press Releases

29 Nov 2013
Pakistan: Fact Sheet: Emergency Response Fund (ERF) Pakistan

History of the ERF in Pakistan:

Pakistan remains among the most disaster-prone countries, with a history of humanitarian emergencies caused by floods, drought, cyclones, earthquakes and conflict.

In 2010, the humanitarian community established the ERF as a pooled fund mechanism to provide rapid and flexible funds incountry at the onset of an emergency, as an adjunct to other funding streams. The majority of ERF funding acts as a bridge to cover gaps in...

03 Oct 2013
Pakistan: United Nations Calls for More Support for Humanitarian Response in North-West Pakistan

(Islamabad, 2 October 2013): More funds are urgently needed to continue critical humanitarian assistance for more than 1 million temporarily displaced people across north-western Pakistan due to insecurity since 2008, the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan Timo Pakkala said today during a joint UN-Government mission to Kohat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Pakkala and other senior UN and Government officials evaluated the...

19 Aug 2013
Pakistan: United Nations Humanitarian Fund Gives $10 Million (PKR 1 Billion) for Humanitarian Response in North-West Pakistan

(Islamabad, 19 August 2013): The United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$10 million through its underfunded emergencies window for humanitarian assistance to more than 1 million people who remain displaced in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan due to insecurity since 2008.

The funds will support the provision of life-saving food aid and critical water, sanitation and hygiene services...

17 Apr 2013
Pakistan: The United Nations in Pakistan Expresses Sympathies and Offers Support Following Earthquake

(Islamabad, 17 April 2013): The United Nations in Pakistan expresses condolences and sincere sympathies to the people and the Government of Pakistan following the earthquake that struck the border region of Iran and Pakistan on Tuesday, 16 April.

"We extend our deep condolences to the people of Pakistan for the devastation that resulted from the earthquake and its aftershocks, particularly to those whose loved ones were injured or lost their lives," said...

19 Nov 2012
Pakistan: UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator urges investment in resilience

(Islamabad/New York, 19 November 2012): Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Catherine Bragg made her first visit to Pakistan this week to assess and draw attention to the urgent needs of communities affected by the floods in the south and displaced families in the north-west.

“The provision of relief services in Jalozai camp, the largest camp where 11 per cent of the 744,000 people now displaced from the...