- UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children 2015: Colombia
- OCHA Emergencia por temporada seca en Riosucio (Chocó) - Flash Update No. 1 (15/01/2015)
- Brookings: Changing Times - The International Response to Internal Displacement in Colombia
Appeals & Funding
Snapshot 21-27 January
Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.
Last year was highly challenging for Oxfam. We responded to 27 devastating emergencies, including a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions in Syria, and supported the efforts of millions of hard-working people facing the injustice of poverty.
All that we do is only possible because of the contributions of our supporters, volunteers, activists, partners, staff, and the communities we work with around the world. Read our Annual Report to find out how we did it.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Since civil war broke out in Syria three years ago, 11.8 million people inside and outside of the country are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Over 2.5 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries. The majority of these refugees are in Jordan and Lebanon, the region’s two smallest countries. Their weak infrastructure and limited resources are nearing a breaking point under the strain of the refugees.
In this issue:
UN-SPIDER at a glance
- New brochure on UN-SPIDER available
- UN-SPIDER speaks at International Peace Institute Seminar
- UNOOSA co-chairs 14th UNGIWG Plenary Meeting in New York
- UN-SPIDER participates in International Symposium of Integrated Disaster Risk Governance
- Floods in Balkan: UN-SPIDER compiles list with satellite resources
- UN-SPIDER publishes article in Geospatial World magazine
- 57th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
TRACKING FOOD SECURITY TRENDS IN VULNERABLE COUNTRIES
The Global Food Security update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.
Annual Report for 2013: A strong response to complex crises
14-05-2014 News Release 14/81
Las fuertes mareas que se han registrado en el puerto han ocasionado el colapso de cerca de 150 viviendas en zonas rurales de Buenaventura.
Tras las fuertes mareas que se han registrado en el puerto de Buenaventura, las autoridades declararon la calamidad pública en tres barrios afectados por la fuerza del mar en el pacífico colombiano.
59 millones de niños viven en situaciones de emergencia en 50 países
UNICEF necesita 2.200 millones de dólares para ayudar a estos niños y sus familias. Es su mayor llamamiento de emergencia de la historia y casi un 40% responde a las necesidades de Siria y la región
L'UNICEF demande 2,2 milliards de dollars É.-U. pour aider 59 millions d'enfants en situation d'urgence
Le plus important appel d’urgence jamais lancé. Près de 40 pour cent à destination de la Syrie et la région
Towards the end of the fourth quarter, CERF and its humanitarian partners were challenged by a series of large, complex crises, including three system-wide level-three (L3) emergencies. These crises, in countries including the Central African Republic (CAR), the Philippines, Syria and Yemen, have affected 35 million people who urgently needed emergency relief, protection and basic services. CERF was there to provide a lifeline.
South Sudan: Ethnic violence which erupted in mid-December in the capital Juba has now spread northwards and is ongoing in several parts of the country. Three weeks of fighting have left at least 1,000 people dead and displaced over 200,000. As government troops advanced on rebel-held cities in the northeast, peace talks between the Government of South Sudan and a delegation representing former Vice-President Machar, have started in Ethiopia. Meanwhile, discussions between Khartoum and Juba regarding the protection of the oil fields in southern South Sudan are also underway.
In Syria, government military aircraft targeted rebel-held districts in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 15 people according to opposition activists. In parallel, Damascus announced that it had retaken control of the key Damascus – Homs supply highway after gaining ground in the battle for the strategic Qalamoun region. London and Washington decided to suspend all non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition fearing that military equipment may fall under the control of Islamic radical groups.
Snapshot 3 - 10 December
In Syria, the conflict has been going on for over 1,000 days, and to date, the war has displaced 6.5 million people internally and forced 2.3 million to cross into neighbouring countries. Meanwhile, Washington indicated that it has been in talks with Islamist opposition factions non-linked to Al-Qaeda, in order to push for a negotiated settlement to the crisis.
In Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that an estimated 126,000 people have died during the conflict, more than a third of them civilians. Meanwhile, Turkey and Iran, which support opposing sides within the crisis, jointly called for a ceasefire before the beginning of the peace talks, set for 22 January in Geneva.
In Syria, government forces fully control the town of Qara after almost a week of heavy fighting which caused over 15,000 Syrian refugees to cross into Lebanon. Meanwhile, the UN stated that it has brokered an agreement allowing for the Government of Syria and opposition negotiators to meet for peace talks in Geneva on January 22. The opposition reaffirmed the conditions of its participation: the release of prisoners, humanitarian assistance for besieged towns, and the exclusion of President Assad from the new transitional government.
1 Americas Zone Mission
The mission of the Americas Zone is to support Americas National Societies to increase humanitarian and development standards, helping them to remain relevant within their country and sustainable and accountable for their actions, guided by the implementation of Strategy 2020.
2 National Society Mission