As this is my last briefing to the Council, it is in many ways fitting that it is on Syria as during my time as Emergency Relief Coordinator it is the crisis that has taken more of my time and attention, and that of this Council, than any other crisis in the world. It is the Syria crisis and its consequences which have led me to the belief that this Council and the international community more broadly, needs to do more to protect civilians and ensure greater accountability for violations of international humanitarian law.
Calm has finally returned to Bangui’s 5th district neighborhood. When Pauline Ofio, 54, felt safe enough, she packed her bags stuffed with cooking equipment and clothes, threw them onto a barge and, along with her three children and eight grandchildren, headed back home.
Brussels, 26 May 2015
Your Excellency President Samba-Panza, Honorable Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends,
I thank the European Union for hosting this conference at such a critical time, and for leading by example in its continued support for the humanitarian response and resilience efforts in the Central African Republic (CAR).
Roundtable on the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region
Nairobi, 22 May 2015
(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 25 May 2015) The large-scale relief operation launched in the wake of the devastating 7.8-mangnitude earthquake, which struck Nepal on 25 April, continues to intensify. National and local authorities are leading the effort, supported by the United Nations, humanitarian partners, the international community, private sector and volunteers.
Le CICR intensifie ses actions dans la région du lac Tchad (L’OBS, 21/05/15)
Alarming Rise of Malnutrition and Food Insecurity in Western Chad (UNICEF, 12/05/15)
L’OIM aide les migrants tchadiens bloqués au Cameroun à rentrer chez eux (OIM, 05/05/15)
Le Tchad vise un taux d’accès à l’eau de 95% pour les 15 prochaines années (Alwihda Info, 21/05/15)
In Chad, making quality education a reality for a million children (UNICEF, 18/05/15)
(Bamako, le 20 mai 2015) - La nouvelle Coordonnatrice de l’action humanitaire au Mali, Mme Mbaranga Gasarabwe, a officiellement pris ses fonctions. Mme Gasarabwe a été nommée à la barre de la communauté humanitaire au Mali le 8 mai dernier par le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies. Elle succède ainsi à M. David Gressly qui a récemment complété sa mission au pays.
(Bamako, 20 May 2015) - The new Humanitarian Coordinator in Mali, Ms. Mbaranga Gasarabwe, has officially taken office. Ms. Gasarabwe was appointed at the helm of Mali’s humanitarian community on 8 May by the United Nations Secretary-General. She succeeds Mr. David Gressly who recently completed his mission in the country.
The Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, James W. Rawley, and the Director of UNRWA Operations West Bank, Felipe Sanchez, expressed their grave concern today that Israel is rapidly advancing plans to transfer Palestinian Bedouins in the central West Bank from their current communities.
Por OCHA Colombia
18 May 2015: UN agencies are rushing humanitarian assistance to people fleeing Ramadi for the second time in a month.
Close to 25,000 people have fled Ramadi following ISIL attacks and fierce fighting in the city. Most of the displaced are fleeing towards Baghdad, with many trying to enter through security checkpoints.
Juba, 18 May 2015: “Military operations in Unity and Upper Nile states over the past three days in particular have again devastated countless lives. Eyewitness accounts report targeted rape and killing of civilians, including children. The offensive in Unity has left thousands of homes burnt and Leer hospital is again under threat of destruction. In Malakal, armed groups have engaged in combat next to the United Nations protection of civilians site and as a consequence, civilians trying to stay out of harm’s way have been injured.
By Natasha Scripture, OCHA Communications Officer
Nairobi, 11 May 2015 .
1. The Regional Representatives of OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP convened on 11 May 2015, and agreed in principle to develop a Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) to respond to the influx of refugees into Rwanda, Tanzania and DRC from Burundi based on the existing scenario and planning assumptions described in the Inter-Agency Contingency Plan for elections in Burundi. The plan will cover an initial six month period starting 1 April, 2015.
(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 15 May 2015) The window of opportunity to provide vital relief to people in
Nepal affected by the recent earthquakes is closing quickly, as urgent funding requirements remain
unmet. To date, barely US$ 59.5 million, or 14 per cent, was received against the $423 million
humanitarian appeal, launched by the United Nations and partners on 29 April.
“If we don’t act quickly, the implications will be severe,” said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian
(Guatemala/Panamá, 6 de mayo 2015): La Coordinadora del Socorro en Emergencia y Sub Secretaria Adjunta de Asuntos Humanitarios, Sra. Valerie Amos, dijo hoy que América Latina y el Caribe son pioneros en la cooperación regional de gestión de emergencias y reducción de desastres y su experiencia proveerá insumos vitales para la primera Cumbre Mundial Humanitaria, que se llevará a cabo en Estambul, en Mayo del 2016.
I. Key Messages
(ROME / NEW YORK, 14 MAY 2015) The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have teamed up to provide access to global data on hunger and food insecurity. The data can be used to understand the type of food available in certain markets, how families cope in the face of food insecurity and how WFP provides food assistance in emergencies to those in need.
Since my last briefing to the Security Council in November 2014, the number of Iraqis requiring humanitarian assistance has grown to over 8.2 million people, an increase of 3 million in five months. This includes some 2.8 million people that have been internally displaced since the conflict began in Anbar Governorate in January 2014. Half of the displaced are children. All 18 governorates in Iraq have been affected. Iraq also continues to host some 250,000 refugees from Syria.
(New York, 12 May 2015): I welcome the beginning of the humanitarian pause in Yemen which should enable humanitarian agencies and their partners to step up the delivery of lifesaving humanitarian assistance to people in desperate need.
I call on all parties to the conflict to respect this vital pause in hostilities. This pause will provide a respite for civilians and allow the delivery of food, medical supplies and other essential items to people who have been trapped in conflict zones.