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UN Humanitarian Chief Welcomes Qatar’s Generous Contribution to Humanitarian Funds Helping Syrians in Need

(New York, 29 September 2014) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, and His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Al Meraikhi of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, met today to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria and neighbouring countries.

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International community calls on leaders of South Sudan to put their people first and end the conflict

(New York, 25 September 2014) Millions of people hit by conflict and severe food insecurity need urgent help in South Sudan. World leaders, aid chiefs and other senior representatives came together today at the United Nations to raise awareness of the urgency of the humanitarian situation and call for a peaceful solution to the crisis.

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Online system enhances transparency of humanitarian financing in South Sudan

(Juba, 25 September 2014): So far in 2014, donors have contributed close to US$1.2 billion for humanitarian action in South Sudan, including over $980 million for projects in the South Sudan Crisis Response Plan.

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Humanitarian community in South Sudan launches planning for 2015

(Juba, 24 September 2014) United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations are launching the planning for the 2015 aid operation in South Sudan at the beginning of October. The planning is to take place in close collaboration with South Sudanese people and institutions and authorities at the local, state and national levels in order to help inform the aid community’s response to the ongoing crisis.

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As The World Faces More Disasters, Strengthening National Capacity Is Essential: UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos

(New York, 23 September 2014) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, and Her Excellency Ms. Zoraima Cuello of the Dominican Republic, today signed a joint statement on regional and international humanitarian issues.

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Update on the Ebola virus disease in DRC, No.12, 21 September 2014 [EN/FR]

Coordination/ Keys developments

  • *Four suspected cases were negative after laboratory tests on two different samples and therefore discharged and declared "non-case", bringing down to 68 the total number of cases on 18 September (see table above for details ) of which 41 deaths; an overall lethality rate of slightly over 60%.

  • **8 health personnel have died of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since the outbreak of the epidemic.

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OCHA Philippines Flash Update 1 - Mayon Volcano (19 September 2014)

Alert level 3 remains in effect for the Philippines' Mayon Volcano, as heavy rains from Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (known locally as Mario) are hampering ongoing evacuation efforts.

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The lingering menace of war

Before severe fighting broke out between Government forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in April 2013, some 150,000 people lived in the Abu Kershola locality of Sudan’s South Kordofan state.

The fighting saw most people seek refuge in neighbouring North Kordofan. By late April 2014, as fighting eased, aid agencies received reports that close to 30,000 people had returned to their homes in Abu Kershola. However, their hopes of swiftly regaining their former lives were short-lived.

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Update on the Ebola virus disease in DRC, No.11, 17 September 2014 [EN/FR]

The number of cases is decreasing, the center of the epidemic is limited and the last suspected cases are from recorded and monitored contacts. So far, 71 cases and 40 deaths have been reported.

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CERF response to Ebola outbreak, as of 16 September 2014

Allocations to-date (since April 2014)

• To-date, humanitarian partners received US$7.58 million from CERF to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa: Guinea ($2.72 million), Liberia ($1.91), Nigeria ($1.46) and Sierra Leone ($1.50 million).

• Additional allocations are expected for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

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Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos: Statement on the Overview of Needs and Requirements to respond to Ebola

Ebola is a public health emergency. But it is much more than that.

Today we are launching an overview of needs and requirements as one element of the response to the Ebola outbreak.

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UN and partners present central contribution of the response to ebola in West Africa

(Geneva, 16 September 2014): The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today in Geneva launched a central contribution of the response to the outbreak of ebola in West Africa.

“The ebola crisis is unprecedented. It requires an exceptional, international response to address both the health crisis and the broader societal, economic and political threats to the countries affected,” said Dr. David Nabarro, UN System Senior Coordinator for Ebola.

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UN Humanitarian Chief calls for more shelter and protection for displaced Iraqis ahead of winter [EN/AR]

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(Baghdad, Iraq, 14 September 2014): After concluding a three-day visit to Iraq, UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos said today that additional support is needed ahead of the long winter months for people who have been displaced by fighting, and for the communities supporting them.

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos Statement to the media, Sunday 14 September 2014

The restoration of salary payments, dispatching of medical supplies through the central system and resumption of the Public Distribution System for food will cover a significant part of the needs.

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‘Nous sommes sur la bonne voie pour reduire les besoins humanitaires en Mauritanie’, selon le Coordonnateur Humanitaire Regional pour le Sahel

Nouakchott, le 13 septembre 2014 - Robert Piper, le Coordonnateur humanitaire régional des Nations Unies pour le Sahel, termine une mission de deux jours à Nouakchott durant laquelle il a rencontré le Premier Ministre Yahya Ould Haddemine, ainsi que certains membres du gouvernement, les acteurs humanitaires et des membres du corps diplomatique pour discuter des priorités en matière d’action commune pour la réponse aux besoins humanitaires en Mauritanie.

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Update on the Ebola virus disease in DRC, No.10, 12 September 2014

Coordination/ Keys developments

  • *The number of suspected cases has fallen, as some have been laboratory confirmed.

  • **12 alerts including one with death in Kokolo military camp in Kinshasa, a second reported in Kambove in Katanga and 10 cases of which 8 deaths reported in Bongandanga, Equateur Provincer. Five samples from Bongandanga and from Nyakunde in Ituri (Orientale Province) are being analyzed.

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Point d’information sur la maladie à virus Ebola dans l’Equateur (RDC) N°.10 au 12 septembre 2014

Coordination/Développements importants

  • *Le nombre de cas suspects a baissé car certains ont été confirmés au laboratoire.

  • **12 alertes dont un avec décès au camp militaire Kokolo à Kinshasa, un autre à Kambove au Katanga et 10 cas dont 8 décès à Bongandanga en Equateur. Cinq échantillons en provenance de Bongandanga et un en provenance de Nyakunde en Ituri (Province Orientale) sont en cours d’analyse

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Mali: $271 million required before year-end to meet humanitarian needs

The food crisis has worsened during the lean period. More funding is also required to support the provision of basic services to vulnerable people, particularly in the north of the country.

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Mali : 271 millions de dollars à mobiliser pour répondre aux besoins humanitaires d’ici la fin de l’année

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(Bamako, 11 septembre 2014) – La révision à mi-parcours du Plan de réponse stratégique 2014 de la communauté humanitaire au Mali indique que 271 millions de dollars (USD) restent à mobiliser sur les 481 millions de dollars recherchés pour répondre aux besoins identifiés au pays d’ici la fin de l’année.

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UNDP Assistant Administrator Haoliang Xu and OCHA Director of Operations John Ging conclude visit to Rakhine State

Joint press release

Yangon - UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Haoliang Xu and OCHA Director of Operations John Ging have concluded a two-day visit to Rakhine State, to review the humanitarian and development needs affecting people in Rakhine, and to assess efforts to increase cohesion and peaceful coexistence between communities.

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