I would like to begin the plenary session with a brief overview of CERF’s support in 2014. You will find background documents in your folders.
So far this year, I have approved more than $450 million in CERF funding to help humanitarian partners deliver life-saving assistance in 44 countries.
Some $280 million, or 62 per cent of that amount, has been provided through the Rapid Response Window and $170 million, or 38 per cent, was allocated through CERF’s Underfunded Emergencies Window.
Ladies and gentlemen,
(New York, 17 December 2014): Donors today pledged US$418.6 million to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) at the annual high-level conference. The funds will support critical, life-saving humanitarian operations in 2015.
(New York, 17 December 2014) I welcome the news that the Security Council has unanimously adopted resolution 2191, which renews resolution 2165, reaffirming their commitment to helping millions of Syrians in need of aid and protection.
Humanitarian organizations are committed to continuing to help people in desperate need despite the dangerous conditions we face. Syrians need a peaceful and stable future. I hope that a political solution will soon be found to end the crisis so that Syrians can face a future without fear.
Ramallah and Gaza, State of Palestine, 16 December 2014: Palestinian civil society actors came together in the West Bank and Gaza to agree a series of recommendations that will feed into the Middle East and North Africa Regional Consultation, in Amman on 3-5 March 2015. The Regional Consultation is key milestone in the lead up to the firstever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, 2016.
Khartoum, 16 December 2014. To help address growing humanitarian needs in Sudan, the Government of Ireland has contributed an additional US $ 1,891,551 to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), following its contribution earlier this year of US $1,362,200.
Estamos muy preocupados por la pérdida de vidas, heridas, traumas y serias violaciones a los derechos humanos que afecta a los migrantes, solicitantes de asilo y refugiados que viajan por mar. La situación está llevando al límite de su capacidad a la infraestructura de rescate y recepción, así como a los recursos navales y de la guardia costera y afectando el transporte marítimo internacional.
Hoy estamos introduciendo una nueva página de país para Colombia en el Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX). Esta página reúne un conjunto de datos relevantes sobre asuntos humanitarios incluyendo un mapa interactivo, cifras humanitarias claves, gráficos y aproximadamente 40 bases de datos de fuentes locales.
My November briefing on the Syrian crisis focused on the constraints and challenges to humanitarian access across conflict lines inside Syria and across borders into Syria. In this month's briefing I would like to focus on issues related to the protection of civilians in Syria following the adoption of resolution 2139 in February this year.
South Sudan | 16 December 2014
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in South Sudan cordially invites members of the media in South Sudan to a press briefing by the Humanitarian Coordinator, Toby Lanzer.
The Humanitarian Coordinator will discuss the humanitarian impact of the conflict and humanitarian achievements in 2014, as well as outline the planned humanitarian response for 2015.
Desde el 9 de diciembre, al menos 205 indígenas de la vereda La Mina en Jambaló (Cauca) resultaron afectados por avalanchas y derrumbes, causados por fuertes lluvias y el desbordamiento del río Zumbico. La emergencia afectó viviendas y vías de comunicación en los sectores de Zumbico, Barodilo, La Marqueza y La Mina. Una vivienda resultó destruida y 15 más fueron evacuadas.
Du 9 au 11 décembre, le Programme Alimentaire Mondial (PAM) et son partenaire World Vision (WVI) ont utilisé pour la première fois en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) une nouvelle technologie qui permet le transfert d’argent par téléphone portable. Cette technologie numérique a été utilisée spécifiquement pour fournir une assistance alimentaire à 1 100 ménages retournés dans leur village d’origine à Jomba dans le territoire de Rutshuru au Nord Kivu.
(Mogadishu, 10 December 2014) Speaking after the launch of the 2015 Global Humanitarian Response plans in Geneva on 8 December 2014, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, revealed that humanitarian organizations in Somalia require US$ 863 million to meet the most urgent needs of 2.76 million Somalis in 2015. “The humanitarian situation in Somalia has significantly deteriorated this year, for the first time since the end of the 2011 famine.
(Goma / Kinshasa, le 09 décembre 2014) - « C’est avec consternation que la communauté humanitaire en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) vit depuis le mois d’octobre 2014 la récurrence des attaques à l’arme blanche contre les populations civiles dans la zone de Beni au Nord-Kivu dont trois attaques meurtrières ces huit derniers jours.
The number of people affected by conflicts and natural disasters around the world has reached record levels.
Just a year ago, UN agencies and partners asked for $12.9 billion to assist 52 million people who we considered to be the most vulnerable and most in need of protection.
(Geneva, 8 December 2014): Humanitarian organizations aim to help at least 57.5 million of the most vulnerable people in the world with assistance in 2015 and require US$16.4 billion to do so. “Over 80 percent of those we intend to help are in countries mired in conflict where brutality and violence have had a devastating impact on their lives,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary- General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, as she launched the 2015 global humanitarian appeal.
(Manila, 6 December 2014): The United Nations in the Philippines and its partners continue speaking with the Government and the Local Government Units to support preparedness measures to reduce the risk for vulnerable families with the incoming Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby).
(Bangui, 5 December 2014): One year ago, a cycle of violence reached Bangui triggering the displacement of half a million people, accompanied by the massacre of innocent civilians, leaving deep wounds in the communities that still have difficulties in living side by side today.
First of all, I would like to present my condolences to all the families affected by these massacres. I would also like to commend the courage of displaced people who continue to fight for survival and the courage of those who are working to ensure reconciliation and peace in the country.
(Bangui, 5 décembre 2014): A ce jour, il y a un an que le cycle de violence touchait Bangui entraînant un demi-million de personnes déplacées dans la ville, accompagnés de massacres des civiles innocents et laissant des blessures profondes entre les communautés qui ont du mal à se côtoyer.
Tout d’abord, je présente en ce jour mes condoléances à toutes les familles qui ont été éprouvées par ces massacres.
It is one year since the armed conflict broke out in South Sudan. December 15 will mark one year on from the start of the brutal conflict that has devastated South Sudan; a conflict that has displaced more than 1.9 million people from their homes.
Over 100,000 people have sought refuge in UN bases because they have either been attacked or fear for their lives. Millions more fled into the bush and remain too fearful to return home. Countless civilians have been killed, some very brutally and some have suffered terrible crimes; homes have been torched; lives have been ruined.
4 December, 2014
Rahila Boukari, a 26-year-old mother of three, had barely enough money to take her youngest daughter, Chafaatou, to the intensive nutrition centre in Guidan-Roumji, south-central Niger.
By the time they arrived at the centre, Chafaatou was extremely ill. She was suffering from protein-energy deficiency—a deadly condition that results from an inadequate intake of calories or protein, and which is common among children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.