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WHO: UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien

WHAT: Mission to Hatay, southern Turkey

WHEN: 25-26 May 2016

WHERE: Hatay and field visits

UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien will visit Hatay in southern Turkey from 25 to 26 May 2016.

24 May 2016 description

A major global network will open doors for business engagement and solutions in crisis situations

ISTANBUL, 24 May 2016 – A major global network launches today at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul to facilitate business engagement in crisis situations through pre-positioning supplies, meeting humanitarian needs and providing resources, knowledge and expertise to disaster prevention.

24 May 2016 description

Istanbul, Turkey - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - A major new partnership to better prepare countries and communities for disasters is being launched today at the World Humanitarian Summit as a united response to a continuing rise in humanitarian emergencies.

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(Bangui, le 23 mai 2016) : Le Coordonnateur humanitaire par intérim en République centrafricaine (RCA), M. Kouassi Lazare Etien, condamne fermement le meurtre d'un travailleur humanitaire et appelle toutes les parties à veiller à ce que les humanitaires puissent mener librement leurs activités et accéder aux personnes vulnérables qui ont besoin d’assistance.

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(Bangui, 23 May 2016): The Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. in the Central African Republic (CAR), Mr. Kouassi Lazare Etien, strongly condemns the killing of a humanitarian worker and urges all parties to ensure that those providing humanitarian assistance can safely access people in need and conduct their activities without hindrance.

23 May 2016 description

(Istanbul, 23 May 2016): The use of data will be a key determinant of humanitarian effectiveness in the 21st century. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is therefore establishing a global humanitarian data centre in the Netherlands, to be operational from early 2017. The initiative is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

23 May 2016 description

(Addis Ababa and Istanbul 23 May 2016): Mr. Demeke Mekonnen Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister today chairs a side event at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) showcasing the country’s best practices in the drought response.

22 May 2016 description

(Istanbul, 22 May 2016) – On the eve of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, United Nations top officials called on the international community to stand up and take action for humanity.

“Disasters, both man-made and natural, are becoming more frequent, more complex and more intense. More than 60 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict and violence. At this summit, humanitarian partners around the world will commit to take concrete action to address this,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

22 May 2016 description
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Khartoum, 22 May 2016. The Humanitarian Country Team in Sudan today expressed shock and disappointment at the de facto expulsion by the Government of Sudan of one of its senior UN officials, the Head of Office of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Mr. Ivo Freijsen.

20 May 2016 description

(Addis Ababa, 20 May 2016): Following a joint prioritization exercise by the Ethiopia Government and its partners, Ethiopia’s humanitarian requirements have increased to US$1.5 billion. Of this, $702.6 million is urgently required to address prioritized humanitarian needs for the remainder of the year.

This review serves as a complement to the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), which is the joint common plan and implementation framework of the Government and humanitarian partners to address humanitarian needs in Ethiopia.

19 May 2016 description

(Abuja, 19 May 2016) –More than 9 million people affected by the Boko Haram-related conflict across the Lake Chad Basin – 76 per cent of whom are in Nigeria – are grappling with dire conditions that will worsen if immediate humanitarian needs are not met, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, warned as he concluded a four-day visit to Niger and Nigeria.

19 May 2016 description

KEY FACTS

  • Since late January 2016, there has been a surge in the number of South Sudanese fleeing into Sudan. As of 12 May, about 45,500 refugees had arrived in East Darfur, of whom some 28,100 are in Khor Omer IDP camp.

18 May 2016 description

Converging challenges, compounding risks - A region under high pressure

18 May 2016 description

Background to the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund

Established in 2006, the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) responds to disasters triggered by natural hazards, such as floods, droughts and outbreaks of diseases, as well as conflict-related crises. The fund is designed to facilitate response to unforeseen needs that emerge between planning periods. It also responds to needs that were unacknowledged during the humanitarian appeal processes. Designed as a gap-filling tool, the EHF has developed over the years into one of the major non-food contributors in the country.

18 May 2016 description

(Niamey, 17 mai 2016): Le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d’urgence des Nations Unies, Stephen O’Brien, a achevé aujourd’hui une mission de deux jours au Niger. Il a lancé un appel pour une attention plus accrue sur la crise dans la région de Diffa où la violence liée aux activités de Boko Haram a forcé plus de 240 000 personnes à quitter leurs maisons des deux côtés de la frontière avec le Nigéria.

18 May 2016 description

Plus de quatre ans après l’escalade du conflit dans le Nord, un nouvel élan est nécessaire pour éviter que le Mali ne s’enlise dans une crise prolongée. La signature de l’accord pour la paix et la réconciliation en juin 2015 a ouvert la voie à une opportunité unique qu’il faut saisir maintenant.
Les communautés dont les vies ont été brisées par le conflit s’attendent à sentir dès que possible les effets positifs de la paix dans leur quotidien.

DES BESOINS HUMANITAIRES QUI PERSISTENT

18 May 2016 description
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In the Sahel, extreme poverty, fast-growing populations, climate change, recurrent food and nutrition crises, armed conflicts and insecurity are building up to a perfect storm threatening the lives of communities already living on the brink of crisis.

The region is one of the world’s climate change hotspots. Increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, more frequent droughts and floods and land degradation threaten the livelihoods of a population in which the majority relies on agriculture for survival.

18 May 2016 description
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Four years after the escalation of conflict in the North, new momentum is required to avoid that Mali deteriorates into a protracted crisis. The signature of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in June 2015 opened a unique window of opportunity. If it is not seized, it will soon be too late. Communities whose lives were shattered by the conflict expect to see peace dividends as soon as possible.

Persisting Humanitarian Needs

18 May 2016 description

Jerusalem, 18 May 2016

The UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Robert Piper, today condemned the demolition and confiscation of donor-funded humanitarian assistance by the Israeli authorities in the Palestinian community of Jabal al Baba.

18 May 2016 description
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(Niamey, 17 May 2016): United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, completed today a two-day mission to Niger. He called for greater world attention on the massive humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Diffa region, where violence at the hands of Boko Haram has forced over 240,000 people out of their homes on both sides of the border with Nigeria.