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22 Sep 2016 description

Co-hosts statement issued on behalf of: The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, UK Secretary of State for International Development; Mr Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations; Ambassador Hesham Youssef, Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

22 Sep 2016 description

Carta abierta de OCHA, PNUD, Comité Internacional de Rescate (IRC por sus siglas en inglés), Consejo Noruego para los Refugiados (NRC por sus siglas en inglés) y el Relator Especial sobre los derechos humanos de los desplazados internos.

22 Sep 2016 description

by Stephen O'Brien | https://twitter.com/unreliefchief | United Nations

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

More than 40 out of the 65 million people forced to flee their homes because of violence and conflict are internally displaced

22 Sep 2016 description

New York, 21 September 2016

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Secretary of State Priti Patel, fellow co-chair Ambassador Hesham Yousef, Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is one of the worst in the world. Over 12 million Yemenis are in desperate need of life-saving assistance; basic services and the economy are in near total collapse. Livelihoods have been destroyed, the price of basic goods has skyrocketed; imports of food, fuel and medicines are severely limited.

16 Sep 2016 description

Official numbers from health facilities across Yemen point to more than 33,800 people injured and over 6,700 killed since the war escalated in March 2015. Due to the high number of health facilities that are not functioning or partially functioning as a result of the conflict, however, these numbers are underreported and likely higher. Continued international law violations to protect civilians, by all parties to the conflict, have forced over 3.1 million persons to move across Yemen in search of safety, security, and livelihoods.

12 Sep 2016 description
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Sana'a, 12 September 2016 –

Sources including media report that on September 10, on the eve of Eid Al Adha, 30 people were killed and 17 others wounded, including first responders and two children, as a result of several air strikes on a water well in Beit Saadan village of Arhab District, in the north of Sana’a Governorate. These events follow weeks of intensified air strikes and ground fighting across the country, including missile attacks from the direction of Yemen toward Saudi Arabia.

08 Sep 2016 description


  • 1.5 million children suffer from life-threatening malnutrition.

  • Displaced population of concern increases by 7 per cent.

  • Violations of international humanitarian law and human rights abuses are condemned by the UN.

  • World Humanitarian Day highlights attacks on aid workers.

  • Snapshot on needs and assistance provided through the Ibb humanitarian hub .

Concerns about the protection of civilians increase as violence intensifies

05 Sep 2016 description

(Tehran, 5 September 2016): UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien today concluded a two-day visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran where he met with senior officials in Tehran including Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Sadegh Hossein Jaberi Ansari; His Excellency Dr. Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, Minister of Interior; Special Advisor to the Supreme Leader Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati; His Excellency Mr. Esmail Najjar, Head of the National Disaster Management Organization; Dr.

05 Sep 2016 description

Tehran, Iran, 5 September 2016

Good afternoon everyone.

I would first like to thank the Government and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the hospitality and warm welcome they have shown me on my first visit to Iran as the UN’s Humanitarian Chief.

I have had an important opportunity to discuss with key Government officials and humanitarian partners how we can strengthen the partnership between the UN and Iran to improve cooperation and effectiveness of humanitarian assistance particularly in the Middle East region.

01 Sep 2016 description

As of 31 August 2016, UN-coordinated appeals and refugee response plans as covered by the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$21.7 billion to meet the needs of 95.4 million people affected by humanitarian crises in 40 countries. Global requirements are adjusted throughout the year as response plans are revised, both upwards and downwards, to reflect up-to-date needs.
The current decrease has resulted from revisions of plans for Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Yemen.

30 Aug 2016 description


Original 2016 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan

The 2016 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) was released in February 2016 and sought $1.8 billion to reach 13.6 million people with life-saving and protection services across the country. All activities were organized around four strategic objectives:

  1. Provide life-saving assistance to people in need, prioritizing the most vulnerable

  2. Promote and advocate protection, access and accountability to and for affected people

29 Aug 2016 description
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Sana'a, 29 August 2016 - The Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen is deeply concerned by the devastating impact that the recent upsurge in fighting is having on civilians in Yemen and along the southwestern border with Saudi Arabia.

19 Aug 2016 description
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Sana'a, 19 August 2016 – Every year on 19 August, the World Humanitarian Day pays tribute to the world’s aid workers who tirelessly provide life-saving aid and humanitarian assistance to people in need, often risking their own lives on the front lines of a conflict and in natural disasters.

It is a day to advocate for humanitarian action to ensure that aid workers can safely deliver assistance to those in need and demand action to alleviate the suffering of people caught in crises.

18 Aug 2016 description

Le coordonnateur des secours d’urgence a décidé d’allouer 50 millions de dollars du Fonds central pour les interventions d’urgence (CERF) afin d’aider deux millions de personnes vivant dans six pays victimes de crises oubliées. Les fonds alloués permettront de maintenir des secours d’urgence essentiels là où les besoins sont critiques et les ressources insuffisantes :

  • Au Yémen où sévit une grave crise humanitaire, et où plus de personnes sont dans le besoin que partout ailleurs (13 millions de personnes).

16 Aug 2016 description

(New York, 16 August 2016) Today, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, released US$50 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for severely underfunded aid operations in six neglected emergencies. The funds will provide life-saving assistance for two million people in dire humanitarian need, including 200,000 refugees, 665,000 internally displaced persons, 170,000 returnees and 530,000 people in host communities. “This funding is a lifeline for the world's most vulnerable people caught up in forgotten crises,” said USG O’Brien.