Press Releases

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...

27 Oct 2014
Fiji: Pacific humanitarians meet to strengthen disaster response

(Suva, 28 October 2014): Humanitarians from across the Pacific have gathered in Suva today to strengthen disaster response and coordination in the region.

More than 120 participants are attending the 7th Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) Regional Meeting from 28-30 October 2014. The annual meeting is organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and brings together over 100 humanitarian partners in the region.