Pacific: Humanitarians prepare for more extreme weather...
14 November, 2013
Super Typhoon Haiyan, labeled the biggest storm ever recorded, began its life as a cluster of thunderstorms in the warm northwest Pacific waters of the Federated States of Micronesia. Originally designated 31W, meteorological services began issuing alerts about a tropical depression tracking... Read More >>
Philippines: Government and Humanitarian Community launch...
12 November, 2013
The United Nations and its partners today released an Action Plan for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines that seeks US$301 million to fund immediate, life-saving humanitarian needs for the millions of people who were affected by the disaster.
UN Humanitarian Chief, Valerie Amos, was in Manila... Read More >>
Pacific: New technology changing disaster response
14 October, 2013
In a region as disaster-prone as the Pacific Islands, finding ways to get critical information to and from communities scattered across small and remote islands is increasingly preoccupying governments and humanitarian organizations.
When Tropical Cyclone Evan struck Samoa on 13 December... Read More >>
Pacific: Disaster simulation boosts readiness across three...
3 October, 2013
OCHA and its humanitarian partners have completed a disaster simulation across Tonga, Samoa and Fiji – the first time that such an exercise has involved multiple countries in the Pacific. The exercise is part of continuing efforts to strengthen community-, country- and regional-level... Read More >>
UN General Assembly: 4 things you need to know
23 September, 2013
Dozens of heads of state along with the UN Secretary-General, Government Ministers, leaders of UN agencies and civil society and other dignitaries are gathering in New York for the 68th Session of the United Nation’s General Assembly. The annual event – a series of meetings... Read More >>