In Focus: Refugee crisis in Europe
- MSF: Balkans: Hundreds stranded without aid as new border control measures come into force, 26 Nov 2015
- Red Cross urges governments to protect people on the move as freezing weather is set to sweep Europe this weekend, 20 Nov 2015
- Joint UNHCR, IOM, and UNICEF statement on new border restrictions in the Balkans, 20 Nov 2015
Appeals & Funding
- UNHCR Emergency Appeal 2015: Winterization Plan for the Refugee Crisis in Europe (Nov 2015 – Feb 2016)
- UNHCR Special Mediterranean Initiative Jun–Dec 2015, Supplementary Appeal
- IFRC Response Plan: A Movement coordinated approach focusing on the Mediterranean and neighbouring regions
IFRC Population Movement Emergency Appeals/Emergency Plan of Action Regional (Nov 2015); Croatia (Oct 2015); Greece (Sep 2015); Hungary (Sep 2015); Italy (Nov 2015); FYR of Macedonia (Sep 2015); Serbia (Sep 2015); Slovenia (Oct 2015)
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) respond to environmental emergencies through the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU). JEU combines UNEP's environmental expertise with the OCHA-coordinated humanitarian network. This helps to ensure an integrated approach by coordinating international efforts and mobilizing partners.
2014 was another record year for ReliefWeb, with over 4.97 million users accessing ReliefWeb more than 12 million times.
We added more than 54,000 reports and maps to ReliefWeb and covered all the year’s major crises such as the West Africa Ebola outbreak, Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.
In 2014, the Surge Capacity Section (SCS) in the Emergency Services Branch carried out 209 deployments to 29 countries: 93 from the Emergency Response Roster (ERR), 72 from the Stand-By Partnership Programme (SBPP), 33 from the Associates Surge Pool (ASP), eight from the Senior Surge roster and three from the Roaming Emergency Surge Officer (RESO)/Roaming Operational Stability Officer (ROSO) roster.
The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is part of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies. UNDAC was created in 1993. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency.
UNDAC, as a tool of OCHA, also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.
2013 set a new record for violence against civilian aid operations, with 251 separate attacks affecting 460 aid workers. The spike in attacks in 2013 was driven by escalating conflicts and deterioration of governance in countries like Syria and South Sudan.
Violencia contra trabajadores humanitarios en 2013
In June 2014, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$75 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support 11 countries in two regions where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low: West Africa’s Sahel and the Horn of Africa. With this regional approach, CERF aims to help relief agencies address the complex and interlinked regional consequences of violent conflict, mass displacement of people and deepening food insecurity. This is the second of two annual Underfunded Emergencies (UFE) rounds.
A study on the implications of climate change and urbanization for environmental emergency preparedness and response
Climate change: Climate-related disasters affected an estimated 2.6 billion people between 1999 and 2009, with the cost of responding to such disasters increasing tenfold between 1992 and 2008.
Urbanization: More than half of the world’s population lives in cities and, by 2030, the urban population is expected to exceed 5 billion.
The Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU) responds to environmental emergencies by coordinating international efforts and mobilizing partners. By pairing the environmental expertise of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the humanitarian network coordinated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the JEU ensures an integrated approach in responding to environmental emergencies.
In 2013 ReliefWeb continued to implement its ‘Strategy and Vision’ with the aim of becoming the humanitarian community’s ‘one stop shop’ for information. ReliefWeb is a service provided by OCHA that assists humanitarians to easily find reports, evaluations, analyses, maps, infographics, jobs announcements and training events from over 3,500 sources worldwide.
The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is part of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies. UNDAC was created in 1993. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. UNDAC, as a tool of OCHA, also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated almost US$482 million in 2013. More than $307 million went to immediate life-saving assistance through CERF’s rapid response window and over $174 million - the most ever - was allocated during the two underfunded emergency rounds to bolster aid operations in 22 poorly funded humanitarian crises.
Since the beginning of 2013, CERF has allocated more than US$473 million. Almost $299 million went to immediate life-saving assistance through CERF’s rapid response window and more than $174 million was allocated in the two underfunded emergency rounds to bolster aid operations in 22 poorly funded humanitarian crises.
When disasters strike, in-kind emergency relief items are sent from around the world. Until now, there has been no way to centrally record international contributions of humanitarian relief items.
To fill this gap, OCHA created LogIK (Logistics In-Kind) — a new online database that records these contributions. It gathers logistics information such as the sender, the origin, the destination and the details of the items.
LogIK also allows users to produce analytical reports about in-kind assistance.