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10 May 2011 description

Mr. President,

I will focus my remarks today on the pressing need to ensure more effective protection for civilians in the conduct of hostilities.

The deliberate targeting of civilians or other flagrant disregard for well-being in violation of international humanitarian law during hostilities results in hundreds killed, injured, maimed and traumatised every week. Recent events in Libya and Cote d’Ivoire are the latest examples of this, but other situations also demand our attention.

30 Nov 2010 description

(Geneva: 30 November 2010): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, on behalf of international humanitarian organizations, today called for USD 7.4 billion to provide urgent humanitarian aid to 50 million people in 28 countries worldwide.

"Every human being has a right to safety, stability and security, and it is within our power to make this right a reality." the Secretary-General said in the foreword to the Appeal.*

The 2011 Humanitarian Appeal is the biggest Appeal in dollar terms …

30 Nov 2010 description


In 2011, tens of millions of people will need emergency aid to survive. Conflicts and natural disasters have cut them off from their homes, their livelihoods, and access to essentials like drinking water and health care. They already suffer or are imminently threatened by malnourishment, disease, or violence. Most are poor people who have few if any means to cope with these traumas.

19 Aug 2010 description

19 August, 2010

Today is World Humanitarian Day, a day to remember the millions of people affected by war, natural disasters, sickness, and malnutrition, and those who are working to relieve their suffering. Those in need desperately require our help, but our ability to reach them is, sadly, increasingly at risk.

Humanitarian aid workers strive to ensure that all those who have experienced a traumatic event and need life-saving assistance receive it, regardless of where they are in the world, and regardless of their religion, race or social group.

30 Jun 2010 description


- Halfway through 2010, CERF has allocated $245.5 million to UN country teams in 34 countries. Allocations are at the same pace as 2008, the busiest year in the Fund's history.

- Although the food sector historically receives the largest percentage of CERF funding, health projects have received the greatest share in the first half of 2010. CERF has allocated 17.7 percent of all funds for health programs.

11 May 2010 description

General Assembly Hall

Thank you for attending this meeting, which is an update for member states on the latest on the Central Emergency Response Fund, as at the end of the first quarter of 2010.

18 Jan 2010 description

(New York: 18 January 2010): The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, today allocated some US$100 million to boost humanitarian response in 14 neglected emergencies around the world, where people are suffering the effects of hunger, malnutrition, disease and conflict.

The funds were made available today from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

30 Nov 2009 description

(Geneva: 30 November 2009): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for $7.1 billion to provide urgent humanitarian aid to 48 million people in 25 countries worldwide.

"Our aim is to help people survive the coming year, and start working their way out of vulnerability towards the dignity, safety and self-sufficiency to which every human being has a right" the Secretary-General said in the foreword to the Appeal.

The Humanitarian Appeal 2010 is the biggest Appeal ever launched since the creation of the Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) in 1991.

30 Nov 2009 description


The 2010 Humanitarian Appeal addresses twelve major humanitarian crises around the world. It presents a strategic, concerted action plan for each crisis, bringing together hundreds of aid organizations working together to deliver vital aid effectively and efficiently. It requires donors also to act together to ensure that these joint efforts receive the urgent funding needed to save lives, prevent irrecoverable harm, maintain dignity and restore self-reliance.

11 Nov 2009 description

Mr. President,

Allow me to express sincere appreciation to you and the Government of Austria for convening this high level open debate, as well as for your efforts leading to the adoption, today, of resolution 1894, which marks a further very important advance in the Council's commitment to protect civilians.


19 Aug 2009 description

Ils fournissent une assistance vitale à des millions de personnes dans le monde. Ils travaillent dans des zones de conflit et des régions frappées par des catastrophes naturelles. Ils mettent leurs propres vies en danger. Ils, ce sont les milliers de travailleurs qui apportent une aide humanitaire aux populations partout dans le monde, et qui sont souvent les cibles directes de ceux qui n'ont aucun respect pour la nature humanitaire de leur travail.

19 Aug 2009 description

Ellos proveen ayuda que salva las vidas de millones de personas alrededor del mundo. Ellos trabajan en zonas de conflicto y en áreas de riesgos naturales. Ellos ponen sus propias vidas en riesgo. Ellos son los miles de trabajadores que proveen ayuda humanitaria a las personas a nivel mundial, quienes a menudo son el blanco de quienes no tienen respeto por su labor humanitaria.

En la =FAltima década, mas de 700 trabajadores humanitarios han hecho un supremo sacrificio al luchar por ayudar a los mas necesitados en algunos de los lugares mas hostiles del mundo.

19 Aug 2009 description

They provide life-saving assistance to millions of people around the world. They work in conflict zones and areas of natural hazards. They place their own lives at risk. They are the thousands of workers providing humanitarian aid to people worldwide, who are often direct targets of those who have no respect for the humanitarian nature of their work.

In the last decade, more than 700 humanitarian workers have made the ultimate sacrifice while striving to help those most in need in some of the world's most hostile environments.

30 Jun 2009 description

The Regional Humanitarian Funding Update provides an overview of funding levels and trends in the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, mainly based on data reported to the Financial Tracking Service (FTS).

This Update looks at the current funding levels for Consolidated Appeals and Flash Appeals, as well as trends in allocations from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). It also provides an overview of funding flows from the region.

OCHA does not claim that the figures in this Update are fully comprehensive. All figures in this update are current as of 15 July 2009.

27 Jun 2009 description

Foreword: A year of challenges

It is my pleasure to present to you the 2008 Annual Report for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

For the millions of people affected by natural disasters and conflict worldwide, 2008 was a year of enormous challenges. More than 211 million people were affected by natural disasters, with more than 238,000 killed and US$200 billion in damages, making 2008 one of the most devastating years in terms of human and material losses.

29 Jan 2009 description

Mr. President,


On behalf of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, I would like to thank you for this opportunity to address the Council during this debate on respect for international humanitarian law.

Sixty years after the adoption of the Geneva Conventions, ensuring respect for international humanitarian law remains as critical as ever.

15 Jan 2009 description

(Geneva/New York, 15 January 2009): Stressing the vital need for early funding to allow for timely implementation of humanitarian programmes in 2009, the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Catherine Bragg, chaired the "Kick-off" meeting in Geneva to encourage support for this year's US $7.0 billion humanitarian appeal.

The event followed the launch of the Humanitarian Appeal 2009 on 19 November 2008.