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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Niger, CERF, Ukraine and Haiti

16 Sep 2022

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Aerial shot of Ouallam camp in Niger. Photo credit: UNOCHA/Laura Fultang

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights - 16 September 2022

Niger

The UN, in close collaboration with the Government, today launched an anticipatory action response to prevent and mitigate the immediate impact of insufficient rainfall related to drought and climate change. 

To support this anticipatory action the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, allocated $9.5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund.With these funds, OCHA and its partners will support some of the most vulnerable and at-risk communities through humanitarian interventions in health, education, agriculture and nutrition. This will help mitigate the impact of low rainfall in June and July, which was one of the lowest rainfalls recorded in 30 years.

In Niger these rainfall deficits mean many farmers have experienced up to four failed plantings this season alone.  Drought is also affecting the livelihoods of pastoralists, contributing to their vulnerability and poverty. Our humanitarian system must be as proactive as possible to prevent suffering and as Mr. Griffiths said, this CERF allocation should be a reminder to all to fully fund operations and support the anticipatory approach.

The humanitarian situation in Niger remains complex due to the multiple crises affecting the country. This year, 3.7 million people need humanitarian assistance due to insecurity, global economic shocks and last year's erratic rains.

Central Emergency Response Fund allocation

The UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths released today US$100 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to boost underfunded humanitarian crises in 11 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East. Millions of people suffer unprecedented hardship in conflicts, droughts, floods and other humanitarian emergencies where the scale of needs has vastly outpaced the resources we have available.

The funding gap this year is the widest it has ever been with nearly $32 billion. Funding requirements reached $49.5 billion this year, and with $17.6 billion received so far.

Today’s allocation will now help scale up humanitarian operations in Yemen ($20 million), South Sudan ($14 million), Myanmar ($10 million) and Nigeria ($10 million). Funding will also go to Bangladesh ($9 million), Uganda ($8 million), Venezuela ($8 million), Mali ($7 million), Cameroon ($6 million), Mozambique ($5 million) and Algeria ($3 million).

With this additional funding, CERF has allocated a record $250 million so far this year through its Underfunded Emergencies window.

Ukraine

From Ukraine, the Humanitarian Coordinator Denise Brown told us that today the first of a series of humanitarian convoys with relief supplies arrived in areas of  Kharkivska oblast which are recently accessible to aid organizations. Today’s 10-truck convoy brought food, water, hygiene kits, shelter materials and critical household items, including bedding and blankets to more than 13,000 people in Shevchenkove, some 80 kilometres from Kharkiv city.

Denise Brown described a dire humanitarian situation in these areas of Kharkivska oblast which, until recently, were out of our reach. Houses have been damaged or destroyed and people have no electricity or gas. Making sure people can access warm shelter now that the cold season is upon us will be a matter of life or death for thousands. People also need food, water and hygiene items, as well as medical attention.

The UN and our humanitarian partners have been providing assistance to people in most areas of Kharkivska oblast since the start of the war and we have now we reached over 2 million people.

Denise Brown once again highlighted that humanitarians in Ukraine urgently need safe and unimpeded access to all regions, cities, towns and villages across the country so humanitarians can provide people who have endured over 200 days of ferocious fighting, with the humanitarian assistance they need to survive.

Haiti

In Haiti, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that they are following with concern the recent escalation of violence on the ground in recent days. The violent civil unrest and countrywide road closures makes it very challenging for humanitarian partners to provide assistance at this stage.

We and our humanitarian partners remain on the ground and are ready to assist the people in need across the country. However, a shortfall in funding and prepositioned supplies, including risks to supplies on the ground means that we will struggle with supplying aid in the coming days.

Tropical Strom Fiona has formed in the Caribbean and may impact Haiti from Monday, 19 September. The country is still reeling from the 2021 earthquake and a series of tropical storms.

The 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan of  $373 million is only 21 % funded.