New York, 24 October, 2016
It is a pleasure to be here with you today.
I would like to start by commending the work of Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Dr. Chaloka Beyani, who for the last six years has defended and promoted the rights of internally displaced people worldwide, and who has been an essential member of the IASC and partner to OCHA.
I am deeply frustrated and saddened that the UN and its humanitarian partners have been forced to abort current plans to evacuate critically injured and sick people from eastern Aleppo city. The UN and partners were ready to evacuate critically injured people over the last few days. They engaged in long and demanding negotiations, and endless rounds of clarifications on conditions and guarantees with all parties. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Syrian medical NGOs joined in the meticulous planning of the evacuations.
Since its inception in 2014, the CHF-Afghanistan pooled fund has received just over US$120 million in contributions from eight key donors dedicated to coordinated humanitarian action in Afghanistan.
Mr. President, I would like to start by thanking Special Coordinator Mladenov for his insightful monthly briefings, which incorporates the humanitarian situation in a coordinated and comprehensive manner.
The following is a summary of information provided by the Ethiopian National Meteorological Agency (NMA) and the UK Met Office, on the current sea surface temperature in the tropical Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) and potential impact on Ethiopia’s weather conditions in coming months.
Indian Ocean Dipole and potential La Niña
(Baghdad, 17 October 2016): The intensification of military operations to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) could affect up to 1.5 million people in the city. Up to 1 million girls, boys, women and men may be forced from their homes, of which up to 700,000 may be in need of shelter assistance. Up to 200,000 people may be displaced in the first weeks of the operations. The humanitarian community, UN Agencies and NGOs, have been planning and readying assistance for months.
I am extremely concerned for the safety of up to 1.5 million people living in Mosul who may be impacted by military operations to retake the city from ISIL. Families are at extreme risk of being caught in cross-fire or targeted by snipers. Tens of thousands of Iraqi girls, boys, women and men may be under siege or held as human shields. Thousands may be forcibly expelled or trapped between the fighting lines. Children, women, the elderly and disabled will be particularly vulnerable.
(Dushanbe, 13 October 2016) – hundreds of urgent e-mails and rushed meetings later, humanitarian partners in Dushanbe lay down their numerous gadgets and conclude a two-day simulation exercise that tested their preparedness for emergencies.
(Yangon, 14 October 2016) - Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, concluded his three-day mission to Myanmar today. His trip took place shortly after the outbreak of violence in the northern part of Rakhine State and at a time of escalating armed clashes in Kachin. He expressed deep concern regarding recent developments and called for all sides to find peaceful ways to resolve differences rather than choosing the path of violence.
Bangui, le 13 October 2016 - The Minister of Social Affairs and National Reconciliation, Virginie Baïkoua, and the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Central African Republic, Fabrizio Hochschild, expressed extreme concern at the wave of violence that once more hit Kaga Bandoro on 12 October.
Bangui, le 13 octobre 2016 - La ministre des Affaires sociales et de la réconciliation nationale, Virginie Baïkoua, et le Coordonnateur humanitaire en République centrafricaine, Fabrizio Hochschild, expriment leur extrême préoccupation face à la vague de violence qui a de nouveau envahi Kaga Bandoro le 12 octobre 2016.
Bangui, 12 October 2016 – The acting Humanitarian Coordinator for the Central African Republic, Mohamed Malick Fall, strongly condemns the relapse of violence that hit Kaga Bandoro, Nana Gribizi Prefecture, on Wednesday 12th October. The premises of several international and national NGOs as well as residences of local authorities’ have been looted. The informal settlements of displaced persons at the Evêché site were also burnt.
Bamako, 13 octobre 2016) - Le Sous-secrétaire général des Nations Unies et Coordonnateur Humanitaire Régional pour le Sahel, Toby Lanzer, termine aujourd’hui une visite de quatre jours au Mali et se dit préoccupé par la détérioration de l’accès humanitaire aux populations dans le besoin. Après s’être entretenu avec le Ministre de la Solidarité et de l’action humanitaire, Hamadou Konaté, le Coordonnateur Humanitaire Régional s’est rendu dans les régions de Gao, Ménaka et Mopti pour se rendre compte de la situation humanitaire sur le terrain.
Bangui, le 12 octobre 2016 - Le Coordonnateur humanitaire, a.i. en République centrafricaine, Mohamed Malick Fall, condamne fermement la nouvelle flambée de violence qui a secoué Kaga Bandoro, préfecture de la Nana Gribizi, ce mercredi 12 octobre. Les locaux de plusieurs ONG internationales et nationales ainsi que des résidences d’autorités locales ont été pillés. Des habitations des déplacés du camp de l’Evêché ont également été incendiées.
Bangui, le 10 octobre 2016 - Le Coordonnateur humanitaire en République centrafricaine, Fabrizio Hochschild, a présenté ce 10 octobre les dernières tendances humanitaires pour le pays. «Il y a de nombreuses sources de satisfaction mais plusieurs défis doivent encore être relevés » a-t-il indiqué au cours de sa conférence de presse mensuelle.
(Bangkok, 11 October 2016): Humanitarian, civilian and military actors today came together to find joint solutions to improve the response to the natural disasters that affect Asia-Pacific.
Representatives from militaries from across the region are meeting with humanitarian counterparts at the Second Session of the Regional Consultative Group on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination for Asia and the Pacific, to discuss how all actors can be more efficient and effective, focusing on strengthening coordination and coherence of operational plans.
Hurricane Matthew has precipitated the worst humanitarian crisis in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. Since the Category 4 storm rolled across south-western Haiti with winds of 235 kilometres per hour on 4 October, Haitian authorities have reported a death toll of well over 300. Hundreds more people are feared dead as rescue workers access more areas.
Providing access to water, food, shelter and sanitation is urgent for persons living in the most affected areas
I am horrified and extremely disturbed by the news of civilians being killed by air strikes that hit a community hall in Sana’a today. The community hall was hosting thousands of mourners taking part in a funeral ceremony at the time.
Initial reports indicate that over 140 people have been killed and over 500 injured due to this obscene attack. The few hospitals left able to operate continue to receive the dead and injured so the casualty figures may well rise further. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of those killed and to the injured.
The humanitarian community in Yemen is shocked and outraged by today’s airstrikes which hit the community hall of Al-Sala Alkubra where thousands of mourners were taking part in a funeral ceremony. Initial reports from health officials in Sana’a indicate that over 140 people were killed and over 525 injured.
The Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, unequivocally condemns the horrific attack that took place in Sana'a today. He sends heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed and wishes swift recovery of the injured.