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OCHA 2016 Annual Report: A year of challenges and unprecedented needs

28 Jun 2017


OCHA’s 2016 Annual Report, launched today, takes stock of the organization’s actions across the globe.

In 2016, the humanitarian community was challenged as never before, with unprecedented levels of humanitarian suffering that left 130 million people needing emergency assistance for their survival and protection. The report underlines the role of OCHA, Member States, UN agencies and civil-society partners in ensuring that the most vulnerable people in crises received timely and quality humanitarian assistance.

Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien said: “We could not have accomplished any of this work without the important collaboration of all of our partners, from traditional and emerging donors, to civil-society groups and private sector firms.”

Click to view the interactive 2016 contributions by donors and recipients

The OCHA-coordinated response efforts focused on four major humanitarian crises: Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, all marked by protracted conflict. But major response efforts also went into protracted crises that rarely make headlines: the deepening crisis in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Lake Chad Basin, among others.

OCHA worked tirelessly to ensure the collective response of the humanitarian community, and to ensure that adequate funding was allocated to meet the most critical needs of millions of people.

Through OCHA’s leading role in fundraising and advocating for affected people, the United Nations and partners appealed for US$22.1 billion in 2016 to respond to the life-saving needs of the most acutely vulnerable 96.2 million people across some 40 countries. OCHA continued to strengthen the protection of internally displaced persons and advance accountability to affected people, especially women and girls.

The report also highlights the affirming landmarks for OCHA in 2016. The United Nations observed the twenty-fifth anniversary of General Assembly resolution 46/182, which laid the foundations for the current humanitarian system and created the Department of Humanitarian Affairs, later renamed OCHA.

And in May 2016, OCHA held the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, hosted by the Government of Turkey. Dozens of important partnerships and initiatives were launched at the WHS, such as the New Way of Working and the Grand Bargain in support of the Secretary-General’s Agenda for Humanity.

To continue to effectively serve the humanitarian community over the coming years, OCHA launched an ambitious reform process in 2016 to remodel its internal structures, procedures and processes to ensure it stays fit for purpose for future crises.