Press Releases

07 Dec 2014
Philippines: The United Nations and partners on standby for Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby)

(Manila, 6 December 2014): The United Nations in the Philippines and its partners continue speaking with the Government and the Local Government Units to support preparedness measures to reduce the risk for vulnerable families with the incoming Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby).

The typhoon is expected to make landfall early Sunday morning entering Samar and moving west as it progresses. The Humanitarian Country Team and humanitarian partners have...

13 Nov 2014
Sri Lanka: CERF grant provides assistance to communities affected by drought in Sri Lanka

In 2014, after the northeast monsoon failed, crops were damaged by the prolonged drought and water supplies dried up in many regions of Sri Lanka. In July 2014, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved a US$2 million rapid response CERF grant to support humanitarian partners providing live-saving aid to thousands of people.

A World Food Programme (WFP)-led Rapid Drought Assessment estimated that 770,000 people were affected by the drought. WFP received a $1.7...

07 Nov 2014
Philippines: Statement by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines, on behalf of the humanitarian Country Team and the United Nations Country Team, on the first anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

(Manila, 6 November 2014)

Marking the first anniversary of super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) the Humanitarian Country Team and the United Nations Country Team and their partners in the Philippines take the opportunity to remember all those who lost their lives and to acknowledge the extraordinary resilience of the Filipino people.

Typhoon Haiyan struck land in the early hours of 8 November 2013, causing death, injury and the destruction of...

01 Nov 2014
China: China is key to shaping future of Global Humanitarian Action: Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos

(Beijing, 31 October 2014): Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, concluding a two-day mission to China today said that the world can learn a great deal from China’s experience in building disaster management and response capacity.

“We have a very close relationship with China and I have had very useful discussions with Government, the diplomatic community, humanitarian and private sector partners on how...

29 Oct 2014
China: UN Humanitarian chief Valerie Amos to visit China

WHO: Valerie Amos, Emergency Relief Coordinator and United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
WHAT: Mission to the People’s Republic of China
WHEN: 29-31 October 2014
WHERE: Beijing

Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, will visit China from 29 to 31 October.

During her mission, the Under-Secretary-General is expected to meet with senior...