Violent conflict and natural disasters stretch the humanitarian community like never before.
The sheer scale of humanitarian suffering over-stretched OCHA as well as responders across the humanitarian community.
While working in five level-three emergencies in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen as well as in two sudden onset natural disasters in Nepal and Vanuatu, many protracted crises, including the complex mixture of violence and environmental degradation in the Lake Chad Basin continued to require intensive advocacy, coordination and resource mobilisation.
We dedicated mounting attention to the impact of one of the worst El Niño phenomena on record, with droughts devastating lives across eastern and southern Africa and Central America.
To support these efforts, OCHA further strengthened its leadership pool and its support to Humanitarian Country Teams, as well as deepening our partnership and outreach with regional responders and private sector partners.
By year-end we concluded two years of global consultations with 23,000 people, to frame the calls to action for the Secretary-General’s Agenda for Humanity in the lead up to the World Humanitarian Summit.