(Auckland, 30 June 2015): More than 140 delegates from across the Pacific have gathered in Auckland to discuss the future of humanitarian action in the region.Co-chaired by Australia, New Zealand and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the Pacific is the seventh of eight regional consultations being held ahead of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016.
“We can make a difference … but we do need to get the funds,” said UN Resident Coordinator Neal Walker on Friday at a New York Headquarters Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in the country, co-chaired by Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations.
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As Delivered by Assistant Secretary-General Kyung-wha Kang
Distinguished members of the Security Council,
I have the honour to deliver the following statement that has been prepared by the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Stephen O’Brien. He deeply regrets that he is unable to present it himself in person today, due to long-scheduled travel that could not be changed, but assures you that he will do so on the next occasion.
An estimated 1.4 million people need food assistance in 11 priority districts. Food security has deteriorated in all affected areas particularly in remote mountain communities where close to 70 per cent of households has poor or borderline food consumption – nearly 50 per cent have poor diet diversity. In some areas, 85 per cent reported reducing food portion sizes and 65 per cent reducing meal frequency.
RESPONSE ACTIVITIES & CONSTRAINTS
Good afternoon everyone.
Yesterday my Director of Operations, John Ging, read my statement to the Security Council on the looming humanitarian catastrophe that continues to unfold in Yemen.
The collapse of basic services and extreme shortages of food and fuel have had a devastating impact across the whole country. More than 21 million people – that’s 80 per cent of the population - now need humanitarian assistance.
(New York, 25 June 2015) – United Nations humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien is releasing US$25 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support lifesaving assistance for millions of people affected by the devastating humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
“Innocent civilians in Yemen are paying a terrible price,” said the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. “They face daily airstrikes, shelling and fighting while medical supplies, fuel and food are running out, and basic services have collapsed.”
OCHA and UNHCR jointly convened a donor and partner briefing on 17 June 2015 to discuss the Burundi crisis, its effects on neighbouring countries, and the Regional Humanitarian Scenario for the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa. OCHA’s Regional Office for Eastern Africa (OCHA-EA) provided a recap of key political and humanitarian developments in Burundi for the past two months, including key findings from a joint rapid humanitarian assessment mission.
(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 25 June 2015) Two months after the first of the two devastating earthquakes hit Nepal, some 2.8 million of the people affected continue to require vital humanitarian assistance.
Temporary shelter, food and livelihoods support, basic medical care, sanitation and hygiene, and protection remain the key needs as survivors now also face the added challenges posed by damp and cold weather.
An estimated 404,000 children under age-5 and 185,000 Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLWs) are at risk of acute malnutrition.
The destruction of water systems across 14 districts has left around 1.1 million people without access to protected water sources. With signifi cant damage to housing and other assets, some 3 million people require hygiene assistance – thousands of people remain in displacement sites requiring temporary water supply and sanitation services. Signifi cant damage to latrines has also left another 1.1 million people without safe, hygienic and dignifi ed means to access sanitation facilities.
The following early recovery priorities have been set under the leadership of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) and the Ministry of Urban Development:
1) Debris management and safe demolition
With some 500,000 houses destroyed and 283,000 damaged, over 40 million cubic metres of debris needs to be managed
2) Community infrastructure and livelihood recovery
RESPONSE ACTIVITIES & CONSTRAINTS
Prior to the 25 April and 12 May earthquakes, the humanitarian community in Nepal had been developing contingencies and pre-positioning supplies including emergency telecommunications equipment for a possible earthquake in the Kathmandu Valley. As a result of these preparedness initiatives, the Cluster was able to quickly mobilise to respond.
Information and Feedback Task Team established in Adamawa State
Set-up of information hotline, drafting of mines awareness campaigns, engagement with local government affairs in Adamawa
Focus group discussions by the Task Team launched in IDP camps in Yola
Orientations and capacity-building workshops on humanitarian communications and accountability to affected populations is on-going
WHAT: World Humanitarian Summit regional consultation for the Pacific meeting
- Mr. Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and Emergency Relief Coordinator
- Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
- Ms. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme
WHEN: 30 June (press conference and opening session) and 2 July 2015 (closing session)
Dakar / Ouagadougou, 22 June 2015: The Permanent Interstate Committee for drought control in the Sahel (CILSS) and several United Nations agencies signed today a two-year strategic partnership agreement to strengthen the resilience of communities in the Sahel that are highly vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition.
Un partenariat pour renforcer la résilience des communautés vulnérables du Sahel
Dakar / Ouagadougou, 22 juin 2015: Le Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS) et des agences des Nations Unies ont signé aujourd’hui un accord de partenariat stratégique pour renforcer la résilience des communautés de Sahel qui font face à l’insécurité et la malnutrition.