OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.
OCHA's mission is to:
Mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies.
Advocate the rights of people in need.
Promote preparedness and prevention.
Facilitate sustainable solutions.
An ISIL advance on Deirez-Zor that started on 15 January has effectively cut the besieged enclave in two as of 17 January, and resulted in the death and injury of scores of civilians
The areas of Deir-ez-Zor under the control of the government of Syria, in which some 93,500 live, have been besieged by ISIL since July 2014, depriving people from regular access to food, medicines and other essentials.
160,000 People are currently displaced
85% of displaced people are in emergency camps
6,600 Family plots are available now to shelter displaced people in emergency camps
565,000 People in need, in and out of camps, have been reached by first-line emergency assistance
1.2-1.5m People could be affected overall by the military operations
An Inter-Cluster mission led by UNOCHA and comprising Food Security, Logistics, Health, WASH, Child Protection, and Shelter-NFIs, accompanied by a WFP Security Officer, visited Gogjali and Al Samah neighbourhoods on 10 January. Child Protection also reported on Education.
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Effective humanitarian civil‐military coordination (UN‐CMCoord) requires an understanding of humanitarian action and the overall operational context, as well as the military’s roles and responsibilities, organizational structure, culture and liaison approaches. OCHA’s Policy Instruction on OCHA’s role and responsibilities in humanitarian civil‐military coordination (UN‐CMCoord) highlights this. Towards this end, sensitisation and training are amongst the key tasks OCHA carries out in support of UN‐CMCoord in the preparedness and response phases.