Press Releases and Statements

24 Jun 2014
World: Eastern and Southern Africa Regions Begin to Chart Course Toward World Humanitarian Summit

Johannesburg, 24 June 2014: To help set the agenda for the first-ever, World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), experts from across the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region convened on 11-12 June 2014 a meeting to spearhead preparations across 27 countries leading up to the global Summit, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2016. The WHS ESA Regional Steering Group (WHS ESA RSG) is comprised of technical specialists from Government, NGOs, private sector and academia, among others...

11 Feb 2013
CERF helps flood-affected in Mozambique

(Johannesburg, 11 February 2013): Heavy and persistent rains in January have led to massive flooding in southern Mozambique, killing 105 people and temporarily displacing an estimated 150,000 people. Hundreds of houses were destroyed and crops and infrastructure were severely damaged. More reports are being received as affected communities are reached. In addition, new floods in the central and northern regions of the country have already temporarily displaced an additional...

15 Jan 2013
CERF Helps fight Food Insecurity in Malawi

(Johannesburg, 15 January 2013): The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has approved the disbursement of US$3.2 million to fight widespread food insecurity in Malawi – a country where more than half of the population lives on less than $0.32 a day and around 46 per cent of children under age five are stunted.

Due to dry spells during critical stages of crop development, an estimated 1.97 million people – 13 per cent of Malawi’s total population of 15.38 million...

19 Oct 2012
Zimbabwe: UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief calls for strengthened partnerships in a time of changes in Southern Africa

(Harare / New York, 19 October 2012): United Nations Deputy Humanitarian Chief Catherine Bragg wrapped up her five-day visit to southern Africa today, calling on countries and partners in the region to strengthen their efforts to work together to promote disaster preparedness and tackle food insecurity.

Food insecurity continues to be a chronic problem in southern Africa, particularly in Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Across the region, more than 5.5...

12 Oct 2012
Zimbabwe: UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Catherine Bragg to visit Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe

UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Catherine Bragg will visit Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe from 15 to 20 October 2012.

The visit aims to take stock of the humanitarian challenges in the region, and support national and regional efforts to promote disaster risk reduction including resilience and preparedness.

Across the region, more than 5.5 million face food insecurity due to the impact of recurrent natural disasters such as droughts and floods, and rising...