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21 Dec 2016 description
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(Dushanbe, 21 December 2016) – People affected by large-scale disasters in Tajikistan can now be reached with vital international assistance faster than before. A customs agreement between the Government of Tajikistan and the United Nations in Tajikistan has entered into force. The first of its kind in Central Asia, the agreement will simplify the import, export and transit of humanitarian relief goods in large-scale emergencies.

20 Dec 2016 description

The added value of the CHF has been demonstrated again in 2016, combining flexibility and strategic focus, with the timely allocation of approximately $40 million for 66 projects, strengthening the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator and enabling humanitarian interventions and assessments by 38 partners (4 UN, 23 INGO, 11 NNGO), in alignment with the Strategic Objectives of the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).

19 Dec 2016 description

New York, 19 December 20165

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Mr. President,

I offer my condolences to the Russian Federation over the death of its Ambassador in Turkey.

My thanks to the Secretary-General for his powerful statement and his clear ask to this Council and Government of South Sudan to which I fully align.

19 Dec 2016 description

I welcome the adoption of resolution 2328 (2016) by the Security Council.

I sincerely hope that, through the passing of this resolution, all parties and those with influence over them will finally and unequivocally ensure that civilians in Aleppo who have suffered so much and for so long are afforded all necessary protection and assistance.

Our task now is to turn these words into meaningful action. It is vital that the resolution is fully implemented without any delay.

19 Dec 2016 description

Bethlehem, 19 December 2016

Today, the Minister of Social Development of the State of Palestine, H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shaer, and the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities, Mr. Robert Piper, launched the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2017, to support the humanitarian needs of 1.6 million Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

15 Dec 2016 description

This is a bi-monthly update that compiles innovative policy, practice and partnerships that aim to strengthen engagement of disaster-affected communities in humanitarian action from the Southern and Eastern Africa region. The aim of the publication is to create awareness about these initiatives and share good practices. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks. Contributions of similar articles are invited.

Kenya: Policy dialogue on humanitarian diplomacy

14 Dec 2016 description

• In 2016, the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) continued to be a crucial tool for timely, coordinated and effective humanitarian response to the most urgent needs in Somalia.

• By the end of November 2016, some US$25 million had been channeled to support critical humanitarian response through 35 humanitarian partners for 94 projects across the country.

• SHF allocations were closely aligned with the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to ensure complementarity and effective use of the limited resources.

14 Dec 2016 description

(Juba, 14 December 2016): The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) in South Sudan is gravely concerned regarding the deteriorating operating environment, including the recent expulsion of the Country Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the order for a second senior NRC staff member to leave South Sudan.

13 Dec 2016 description

(New York, 13 December 2016):

Today the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) hosted its High-Level pledging conference for 2017. Twenty-nine donors pledged almost US$273 million to the Fund to support urgent aid whenever and wherever crises hit.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the conference. “I am proud to have served as UN Secretary-General during much of CERF’s successful first decade,” he said. “A strong United Nations needs a strong CERF.”

13 Dec 2016 description

The United Nations estimates that about 30,000 people have been newly displaced in the northern part of Maungdaw Township in Rakhine State as a result of the armed attacks on Border Guard Police posts on 9 October 2016 and subsequent security operations. In addition to those displaced, large segments of the population in the north of Rakhine State have also been impacted by the recent events and new movement restrictions.

11 Dec 2016 description

Eighteen months after the outbreak of large-scale violence in Burundi, people’s access to essential services is severely restricted. Insecurity and macroeconomic factors, including a decline in external financial support resulting in massive budget cuts (including education- 30%, health- 54%, human rights- 65% and water- 72%) have severely hampered the provision of basic services. Pregnant women and children under five, who rely on state-provided free medical care, are particularly at risk.

11 Dec 2016 description

IN NUMBERS

  • 85,000 PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY DISPLACED

  • 81% OF DISPLACED PEOPLE ARE IN EMERGENCY CAMPS

  • 43,000 MORE SPACES ARE AVAILABLE NOW TO SHELTER DISPLACED PEOPLE IN EMERGENCY CAMPS

  • 239,000 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

  • US$284m* REQUESTED FOR THE FLASH APPEAL TO PREPARE AHEAD OF THE MILITARY OPERATION

09 Dec 2016 description

I remain extremely alarmed at the severe human tragedy unfolding before our eyes in Aleppo.

In the past 72 hours, air strikes, shelling and street-to-street combat, particularly in the city’s eastern neighbourhoods, have killed or injured scores of civilians. Since yesterday, thousands more fled the fighting in besieged eastern Aleppo with nothing more than the clothes on their back and their children in their arms.

09 Dec 2016 description

Bangui le 8 décembre 2016 – La ville de Bria, au centre de la République centrafricaine à 600 km de Bangui, la capitale, est depuis le 21 novembre 2016 au cœur d’un conflit d’une violence extrême entre éléments armés rivaux. Ces affrontements ont engendré une nouvelle crise humanitaire avec plus de 12 000 déplacés. Plus de 100 personnes ont trouvé la mort du fait de cette violence à Bria et dans les axes routiers environnants. Ces affrontements ont trouvé une résonance particulière dans la préfecture voisine de la Ouaka.

08 Dec 2016 description
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Sana’a, December 8, 2016 – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has allocated a total of $58 million through the Humanitarian Pooled Fund for life-saving activities across Yemen.

07 Dec 2016 description

The October launch of military operations to retake Mosul from ISIL has forced an additional 84,000 men, women and children to flee their homes. The offensive is part of a wider effort to bring large swathes of Iraq back under Government control.

Military operations in Kirkuk Governorate to the south-east have also triggered new waves of displacement. This adds to an existing humanitarian crisis, which had already forcibly displaced 3.1 million people in Iraq.

07 Dec 2016 description

(Dakar, le 7 décembre 2016): Les Nations Unies et les organisations non-gouvernementales partenaires ont lancé aujourd’hui, à Dakar, un appel de fonds d’un total de 2,66 milliards de dollars US afin d’apporter une aide d’urgence à 15 millions de personnes dans le besoin à travers huit pays de la région du Sahel.

07 Dec 2016 description

(Dakar, 7 December 2016): The United Nations and non-governmental partner organizations launched today in Dakar a US$ 2.66 billion appeal for aid to provide lifesaving assistance to 15 million people across eight countries in the Sahel region.

07 Dec 2016 description

Bangui, le 6 décembre 2016 – En visite en République centrafricaine du 4 au 6 décembre 2016, les Directeurs des secours d’urgence du Comité permanent interorganisations (IASC) et du Groupe des Nations Unies pour le développement pour la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre ont pu se rendre compte, à Kaga Bandoro comme à Bangui, des efforts entrepris en vue de répondre aux besoins humanitaires ainsi que des exigences du redressement de la Centrafrique.