30 March 2015, Kuwait – The United Nations is using virtual reality (VR) to transport top decision-makers to a Syrian refugee camp at a major donor conference. Clouds Over Sidra is a VR experience designed to take viewers to the Za’atari camp in Jordan – home to 84,000 Syrian refugees. World leaders will follow a 12-year-old girl as she invites them into her new home, her makeshift classroom and to share a meal with her family. The goal is to connect donors with Syrians affected by the war and inspire leaders to make bold commitments.
Distinguished Members of the Security Council,
Thank you for this opportunity to brief the Council on the humanitarian impact of Boko Haram atrocities in northern Nigeria and the neighbouring countries. On behalf of the Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, I would like to deliver the following statement.
Thank you all for being here today to stand in solidarity with the people of Syria. I thank the International Islamic Charitable Organization of Kuwait for hosting today’s event, and for your tireless efforts to support Syrian refugees, particularly at your refugee villages in Turkey and Jordan.
Port Vila, Vanuatu (30 March 2015) – Tropical Cyclone Pam swept through the archipelago of Vanuatu on 13 March 2015, wiping out homes and infrastructure, destroying the electricity network and razing crops in the mainly agricultural country. The Humanitarian Coordinator for Vanuatu, Ms Osnat Lubrani, visited Tafea Province on Saturday to see the effect of the cyclone on a vulnerable population.
At the Kuwait conference on Syria, UNRWA is asking for $415 million to support the 560,000 Palestine refugees registered in Syria. 95% of the Palestine refugees cannot meet their daily needs, with UNRWA more than ever a critical life-line. If we do not receive funds immediately at the Kuwait conference, the programme of cash assistance to nearly half a million people will halt in a matter of a few days.
WHO: Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
WHAT: Visit to the State of Kuwait
WHEN: 30-31 March 2015
WHERE: Bayan Palace, Kuwait City
UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos is scheduled to participate in the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait on 31 March.
Sana’a, 26 March 2015.
We are in the fifth year of a war in Syria characterized by breathtaking levels of savagery and it is just over one year since this Council adopted resolution 2139. The resolution demanded action by the parties to the conflict, to cease attacks against civilians and facilitate humanitarian access to those in need. We had all hoped that the resolution would compel the parties to reduce the violence and lead to a significant improvement in the situation of people in Syria.
By any measure, however, the situation in Syria has dramatically worsened.
Humanitarian needs in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) are driven by practices related to Israel’s prolonged occupation and recurrent escalations of armed conflict, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says in its 2014 Annual Humanitarian Overview released today.
According to the report, “Fragmented Lives”, Palestinian civilians continue to be subject to threats to their life, physical safety and liberty. 2014 witnessed the highest civilian death toll since 1967.
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(Bangui, 25 mars 2015): Le 18 mars 2015, la communauté humanitaire a appris avec consternation la mort de Monsieur Benoit Kette Ouabolo, infirmier diplômé d’Etat (IDE) et chef de centre de santé au village de Gbokolobo, préfecture de la Ouaka. Selon les informations reçues, le disparu était âgé de 45 ans, père de plusieurs enfants. Il avait fui les violences de sa localité de fonction pour se réfugier dans un camp des personnes déplacées internes où il continuait à porter secours aux malades.
(Port Vila, 21 March 2015) It is one week since Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu, bringing widespread devastation to the island nation and leaving some 65,000 people homeless. Aerial surveys from the outer islands confirm widespread destruction of homes, buildings and crops. Seventeen people have lost their lives.
Humanitarian crises are not often associated with developed countries. However, nature does not discriminate between developed and developing countries. The Eastern Japan earthquake, which struck Fukushima on 11 March 2011, is proof that even in a disaster-prepared country such as Japan, nature can still cause massive destruction and threaten people’s lives and dignity.
Les articles sélectionnés dans cette revue de presse ont pour but d’informer sur la situation humanitaire au Tchad ou sur le contexte général. Cette sélection d'articles ne reflète pas nécessairement la position d’OCHA-Tchad. Merci de tenir compte de cette réserve.
(New York, 19 March 2015) – United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has approved US$28 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support life-saving relief work for people fleeing violence in Nigeria.
More than 1.2 million Nigerians have been driven from their homes as a result of Boko Haram-related violence which escalated dramatically since the start of 2015. Over 150,000 people have fled to neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, putting a further strain on some of the most vulnerable communities in the world.
(New York, 19 March 2015): Addressing the media today after returning from a week-long mission to Nigeria and Ukraine, the Emergency Directors of two IASC agencies, John Ging of OCHA and Afshan Khan of UNICEF, called on the international community to support efforts underway to assist civilians in both countries.
The humanitarian crisis in Somalia remains among the largest, most protracted and most complex emergencies in the world today. About 731,000 Somalis face acute food insecurity despite improvements in some areas due to the contribution of good October to December rains, improved commercial flow in southern and central regions and the delivery of humanitarian assistance. A further 2.3 million people are on the verge of slipping into acute food insecurity, bringing the number of people in need to 3 million.
Trusted by donors | Donor contributions to the Sudan CHF (US$57.6 million) were up by 5 per cent ($2.8 million) compared to 2013, accounting for some 10.8 per cent of Sudan Strategic Response Plan funding.
Allocations year-round | More than $55 million was allocated through two Standard Allocation rounds (April, December) and on a rolling basis through the CHF Reserve.