- More intense typhoons: What does a changing climate mean for food security in the Philippines?
- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 7 | 1 – 31 July 2015
- Resolving post-disaster displacement: Insights from the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
Appeals & Funding
By Soraya Dali-Balta,
Despite overwhelming evidence that a stitch in time saves nine, aid spending on prevention and preparedness remains tiny
1 Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 776 million, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 434 million, followed by Afghanistan with US$ 152 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 20.5% funded with a 79.5% shortfall.
2 The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.5 billion. The total amount received is US$ 1.5 billion (23%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 5.03 billion (77%).
30 March 2014 – On March 6, the Philippine Embassies in Damascus, Syria and Beirut, Lebanon with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Damascus and Lebanon once again facilitated the successful repatriation to the Philippines of another batch of 37 Filipinos from Syria. IOM provided the airfare, land transportation and meals of the repatriates.
Syria: Conflict continues in the country with further infighting reported between armed groups in Deir-ez-Zor, clashes between opposition and government forces in Idleb, and governmental bombardments on the governorates of Rif Dimashq, Dar’a and Aleppo. To date, over 2.4 million people have fled the country, and an estimated 6.5 million are internally displaced. Meanwhile, the latest round of Geneva II peace talks between Syrian Government representatives and opposition leaders came to an end with little progress being made.
New York, 23 December 2013
I have just come back from a visit to the Philippines.
I visited Tacloban and I saw the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. I was deeply moved by the plight of the area’s people – and impressed by the resilience of the people.
18 December 2013 – The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with upholding press freedom pushed on with her campaign to secure the safety of journalists today, condemning the killing of media workers in Syria and Iraq.
Geneva, 16 December 2013
We have just launched the Overview of Global Humanitarian Response for 2014.
The Spring 2013 Update covers Social Justice Week, Papua New Guinea, West Papua, the Philippines, Syria, Vanuatu disaster preparedness, Parihaka, our latest submissions, Mahitahi, schools news and the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel.
Syria - As 80 Filipinas and one Vietnamese flew out of Lebanon's Rafic Hariri airport on Wednesday (30/1/2013) IOM has expressed concern about the situation of thousands of other foreign migrant workers believed to still be inside Syria.
"Many have no means to leave the areas where they are working and risk becoming trapped. Others have no documents and therefore don't have the same level of legal protection accorded to citizens," says IOM Regional Coordinator for Syria, Othman Belbesi.
Caritas Lebanon will assist in the evacuation of another group of Filipino refugees who are fleeing the war in Syria in a bid to return home.
Caritas Lebanon Migrants Centre social workers will await the group of 40 migrants on the Lebanon-Syria border on Sunday to help facilitate their repatriation before taking them to the airport. They have helped over 300 Filipino nationals plus some Sri Lankans leave Syria so far.
Excellent logistics facilities
UNHCR Dubai enjoys excellent logistics facilities. A seamless supply chain by sea and air is ensured through proximity to Jebel Ali, the Middle East's biggest and busiest seaport. From Jebel Ali, cargo vessels sail weekly to ports worldwide including remote destinations. Also, six international airports are located within a three hour driving radius, where charter planes can be deployed in 24 to 48 hours. Dubai's logistics services are renowned for their professionalism and cost efficiency.
Press Briefing Notes Friday 5th October 2012 Spokesperson: Jean-Philippe Chauzy
The Swiss Federal Office for Migration (FOM) has contributed US$ 300,000 towards IOM's evacuation operations of most vulnerable migrant workers caught up in the Syrian crisis.
Suisse - L’Office fédéral suisse des migrations (ODM) a fait don de 300 000 dollars pour financer les opérations d’évacuation des travailleurs migrants les plus vulnérables pris dans la crise syrienne. L’OIM utilisera les fonds pour évacuer jusqu’à 250 ressortissants de pays tiers extrêmement vulnérables. Il s’agit notamment de mineurs, de personnes âgées, de femmes enceintes, de personnes détenues en raison de leur statut irrégulier, de cas médicaux et de ressortissants de pays qui n’ont aucune représentation diplomatique en Syrie.
This report is produced by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on its humanitarian response for the crisis in Syria. The summary covers events and activities until 12 September.
- Syria: A flight chartered by IOM returned 263 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Damascus to the Philippines on 11 September.
Jordan: IOM has started operating in Thnebe, 1km away from the Syrian border, however security conditions are currently hampering operations.
By David Tereshchuk*
August 16, 2012—As the international community prepares to mark World Humanitarian Day this Sunday, August 19, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and its partners are bringing hope and comfort to survivors of civil unrest and natural disasters in many countries across the globe.
Among the most perplexing of current emergencies is the crisis in Syria. Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled the violence in their homeland while unrest has mounted over the past year, with some 78,000 crossing into neighboring countries.
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Syria: Commission of Inquiry condemns human rights violations including internal displacement and restrictions of movement.