02 December 2014
Dear Special Envoy,
Following your visit to Goma, DRC, the non-governmental organizations signatory to this letter welcome you to your post, and expresses support of your mission in DRC. As organizations operational in the Kivus, we recognize the challenges in front of you and look forward to working with you and your office towards ensuring effective humanitarian assistance to those in need, whilst addressing key structural and longer-term needs to enable the effective transition from conflict to stability, and to sustainable development.
The humanitarian situation for communities in eastern DRC remains precarious, with wide-spread displacement and many unable to access basic services. With needs so great, the urgency to provide assistance is clear. However, it must be delivered in accordance with humanitarian principles, in particular neutrality, impartiality and operational independence.
An interview with Simon Purnell, ZOA, Thailand
In the second portion of this interview, Mr. Purnell highlights how the INEE Minimum Standards have guided ZOA’s work to secure funding, train and coordinate actors in the camps and create a standardized framework for the new consortium as ZOA transitions out of Thailand in 2014.
See more interviews with INEE Working Group members here.
New Report Warns of Worsening Humanitarian Disaster in South Sudan
CARE urges global community to act now to help nearly 7 million at risk
Juba, South Sudan — A new report on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan warns that the safety and food security of nearly 7 million people will deteriorate rapidly without a swift, international response. CARE urges the global community to do more to provide urgently needed food and health aid as well as help stop the violent conflict that has precipitated this humanitarian crisis.