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20 Mar 2017 description
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More than 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen are experiencing famine or at risk of famine over the coming six months. UN agencies and humanitarian partners are ready to scale up the response to avert a catastrophe, but the necessary funds and access to do so are required immediately.

NIGERIA - EMERGENCY

An elevated risk of famine persists in the north-east. Some areas remain inaccessible to humanitarians, leaving affected people in life-threatening conditions.

SOUTH SUDAN - FAMINE

20 Mar 2017 description

Les Fonds de Financement Communs Pays (CBPF) permettent aux organisations humanitaires d’apporter une assistance rapide et efficace à ceux qui en ont le plus besoin. Ils permettent aux Gouvernements et aux donateurs privés de mettre en commun leurs ressources pour répondre à des crises spécifiques, qu’il s’agisse d’une catastrophe naturelle ou d’un conflit armé.

FONCTIONNEMENT DES CBPF

20 Mar 2017 description
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The conflict is having a devastating impact on the lives of Yemenis, affecting the economy, security and basic survival. Overall the food security situation has deteriorated drastically and acute malnutrition rates have peaked in the last years. Millions of Yemenis do not know where their next meal will come from. A severe protection crisis is underway in which civilians face serious risks to their safety, well-being and basic rights.

19 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two years of conflict puts future of coming generations at great risk

  • First UN cross-line medical aid delivery to Taizz city in months

  • 117,107 people migrate to Yemen from the Horn of Africa in 2016

  • Cholera response gives promising results

Yemenis bear the brunt of almost two years of conflict

16 Mar 2017 description
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Highlights

  • Conflict along the western coast of Taizz Governorate escalated in January 2017 and has continued over the last week, including in several areas adjacent to coastal districts and near the southern border of Al Hudaydah Governorate.

16 Mar 2017 description

by Stephen O'Brien | https://twitter.com/unreliefchief
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:57 GMT

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

Allowing famine to unfold is a choice; we must make the choice to stop it

15 Mar 2017 description
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10 Mar 2017 description

10 March 2017

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Mr. President, Council members,

Thank you for inviting me to brief on my visits to countries facing famine or at risk of famine: Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia. I will also briefly mention the outcomes of the Oslo Conference on the Lake Chad Basin.

10 Mar 2017 description

CRISIS OVERVIEW

Pooled funds are considered to be one of the most efficient mechanisms of humanitarian financing as they reduce transaction costs and allow for a better prioritization of assistance among different organizations. They enable humanitarian partners operating in countries affected by natural disasters and armed conflict to quickly deliver flexible and effective life-saving assistance to people who need it the most. You can contribute to two main types of pooled funds:

MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO A POOLED FUND

06 Mar 2017 description
  • As of 28 February, United Nations Coordinated Appeals and Refugee Response Plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require $22.6 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 95.3 million crisis-affected people in 33 countries. Needs and financial requirements have increased due to finalization of the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) requesting around $2.1 billion and together the appeals are funded at $1.6 billion, leaving a shortfall of $21.0 billion.

04 Mar 2017 description

(New York, 3 March) At the end of a five-day mission to Yemen, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said there is still time to avert famine and alleviate the suffering of millions of Yemenis.

02 Mar 2017 description

Thank you all for coming out to the airport today.

I have undertaken this second five-day mission to Yemen in 15 months to see for myself the situation on the ground a week after the UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, reiterated the very real alarm that Yemen is at risk of falling into famine if we do not take action now. This is the third time I have visited Yemen since the conflict escalated almost two years ago. I was particularly pleased to be on the first humanitarian UN flight into Aden and stayed overnight in the city.

28 Feb 2017 description

This is to clarify the facts following reporting in some media on an incident at a frontline check point in Taizz Governorate with the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Stephen O’Brien, today in Yemen.

Despite having received assurance of safe passage by all parties for all stages of the mission into Taizz city, Mr. O’Brien’s convoy was denied passage at the final checkpoint before crossing the frontline coming from Ibb to Taizz city.

28 Feb 2017 description

In 2016, the Surge Capacity Section (SCS) managed 144 deployments to 32 countries.

25 Feb 2017 description
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  • Escalation of conflict on Yemen’s Western Coast has resulted in significant civilian casualties and large scale displacement, further aggravating the humanitarian situation.

  • Over 44,000 people have recently fled the conflict throughout Taizz Governorate, including at least 25,000 from Al Mukha and Dhubab districts.

  • Protection concerns persist for those still residing in areas of active conflict, including Al Mukha City and neighbouring villages.