OCHA swiftly responded to the humanitarian needs resulting from the civil unrest and armed conflict which began in Libya in February 2011. Through offices in Egypt and Tunisia, OCHA worked to establish effective humanitarian leadership, secure access to affected populations and facilitate principled and needs-based actions. As security conditions improved, OCHA moved into Benghazi, Tripoli and Misrata at key stages of the crisis until hostilities ceased in October.
The new Libyan authorities are expected to be able to address most humanitarian needs with existing national resources and the international community is working to phase out substantive humanitarian programming by the end of the year. Plans for longer-term recovery are being handled through the Libya Coordinated Needs Assessment process, with support from the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
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