Global: “We enter 2014 with multiple, severe humanitarian crises threatening or affecting the lives of millions”
2 Jan 2014
UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos has warned that tens of millions of people have started the new year in need of urgent humanitarian support and that the capacity and resources of the international humanitarian system are stretched “to the limit”.
“We enter 2014 with...
Philippines: Christmas lights brighten city hit hard by Typhoon Haiyan
25 Dec 2013
Christmas carols and lanterns are lighting up Tacloban city in the Philippines. Six weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the city and claimed thousands of lives, residents are starting to feel the spirit of Christmas. The need for a sense of normality...
Philippines: How managing information can save lives
24 Dec 2013
It has been more than six weeks since super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) roared through the Philippines, killing almost 6,000 people and affecting more than 14 million others. Coordinating a humanitarian response on this scale is no easy task. OCHA has been at the forefront since...
Global: UN and partners launch record humanitarian appeal
16 Dec 2013
The United Nations and its partners have today launched their humanitarian plans for 2014 with appeals totalling US$12.9 billion to support 52 million people in 17 countries with essential, life-saving aid. More than half of this funding is needed to support humanitarian efforts in Syria and...
CERF: 3 things you need to know
12 Dec 2013
Every day we hear and read about the scale and impact of humanitarian crises around the world: Millions of people have been affected by the deteriorating crisis in Syria, families continue to flee violence in the Central African Republic and, most recently, more than 4 million people...