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27 Apr 2011 description

What is the Central Emergency Response Fund?

Five years ago, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) was established to bring a new dynamic to tackling emergencies. CERF’s creation was an acknowledgement that the humanitarian system had become too slow and cumbersome in releasing funds.

20 Dec 2010 description

Executive Summary

This report evaluates DFID's Humanitarian Assistance spending during the financial year 2009/10. The report does not include a breakdown of the UK contribution (13%) to the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) which spent €930 million on Humanitarian assistance during 2009. Excluding ECHO contributions, the report finds that DFID spent £428 million on humanitarian assistance during 2009/10 which was 6.3%% of the DFID programme.

22 Oct 2010 description
report ACTED


Generosity in the face of hardship (Tajikistan)

Improving Water and Sanitation facilities in prisons in South Sudan (Sudan)

The necessity of protecting the environment in Bahai, East of Chad (Chad)

Foes become friends across the border (Uganda)

Psycho-social support for the children of Gaza (oPT)

Congolese « Mamans » enthusiastic about the improvement of water facilities in Southern Kivu (DRC)

2010 Global Hunger Index (GHI)

Emergency relief to the flood-affected people of West Bengal (India)

Restoring Fisheries in the Sunderbans (India)

Transitional …

23 Sep 2010 description


In the early morning hours of 11 June 2010 inter_ethnic tensions started in the south of Kyrgyzstan. Hundreds of people were killed, over a thousand - wounded, many houses were burned down and looted. The Kyrgyz authorities acknow_ ledged the deaths of almost 900 people in the clashes. About a hundred thousand people fled the violence to neighbouring Uzbekistan.

19 May 2010 description

Résumé exécutif

L'approche Cluster a été introduite dans le cadre de la réforme humanitaire en 2005. Elle vise à apporter une assistance humanitaire plus efficace en instaurant un système de coordination sectorielle avec des organisations chefs de file désignées. Depuis 2005, beaucoup d'énergie, de temps et d'argent ont été investis dans la mise en oeuvre de l'approche Cluster aux niveaux global et des pays.

19 May 2010 description

Executive Summary

The cluster approach was introduced as part of humanitarian reform in 2005. It seeks to make humanitarian assistance more effective by introducing a system of sectoral coordination with designated lead organizations.

25 Mar 2010 description

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy, and Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Susana Malcorra, briefed correspondents at Headquarters today on the United Nations effort in Haiti, ongoing reports of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers, and the recent support expressed by Member States for their new strategy aimed at keeping pace with the evolutionary changes shaping most all aspects of their mandate.

In opening remarks that began with an update on the situation in Haiti, Mr.

17 Mar 2010 description
report AlertNet

LONDON (AlertNet) - Rape in wartime is a scar on modern society that must be stamped out by ending impunity and changing men's attitudes towards women, says Margot Wallstrom, the United Nations' first special representative on sexual violence in conflict.

Wallstrom, a 55-year-old Swede and the former European Commissioner for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy, took the job because she sees it as an irresistible opportunity to make a difference.

"The whole world should stand up and say this must come to an end," she told AlertNet in a …

29 Jan 2010 description



29 Jan 2010 description

Dispatches is a fortnightly e-mail bulletin of the JRS International Office.

04 Mar 2009 description

2008 was a year of major humanitarian challenges. Natural disasters such as Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, the devastating earthquake in China, flooding in India and Brazil or the hurricanes in the Caribbean once again highlighted the dangers of the unbridled forces of nature. In the complex political crises in Africa, as well as in Afghanistan and Iraq, unresolved conflicts made it impossible to improve the precarious humanitarian situation of people living there.

19 Oct 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

30 Sep 2008 description
report ACTED

ACTED HAITI: ACTED is working towards the humanitarian crisis response in Haiti

"Haiti is dogged by bad luck". This is the sad reality that has been revealing itself in these last weeks after the subsequent passage of the cyclones Gustav and Ike and of the tropical storms Fay and Hannah over the lands and coasts of the is-land. The cyclones hit the South and the West, while the tropical storms stroke the North and the North West of the island.

According to the last rapports of the Haitian Civil Protection Direction, more than 400 people died during the floods and 60 are …

10 Sep 2008 description

Rome, 10 September 2008 - Facts, figures and the lastest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.


Preliminary results from the nutritional survey conducted in early July 2008 in eastern Chad indicated that the global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate (weight for height <- 2 Z-score and/or oedema) was 12.3 percent. As compared to 2006 (GAM rate between 7 and 8 percent), the nutritional status of the refugees has relatively deteriorated throughout 2007 to 2008. The prevalence of GAM deterioration is serious as per the World Health Organization's standard.

11 Mar 2008 description
report UN General Assembly

Comité spécial des opérations de maintien de la paix
Session de fond de 2008
203e et 204e séances – matin et après-midi

11 Mar 2008 description
report UN General Assembly


Special Committee on
Peacekeeping Operations
203rd & 204th Meetings (AM & PM)

Special Committee on peacekeeping operations concludes general debate by taking up questions of resources, restructuring, personnel

Amid the increasingly complex demands placed on the 130,000 United Nations peacekeepers worldwide, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations today tackled pressing questions of resources, departmental restructuring and personnel conduct.

21 Oct 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters.

30 Jun 2007 description

High Profile Operations

Many high profile operations also face critical pipeline breaks in the next three months.


PRRO 10427.0 - Post Conflict Relief and Rehabilitation

January 06 - December 08

Shortfalls over next 6 months (mt)(1)

Blended Food
30 Apr 2007 description




On 28 March, the official repatriation of Sudanese nationals from the northwestern camp of Yarenja ended. The last convoy carried 494 refugees, bringing the total to 1,488 refugees returned to southern Sudan during this last round of repatriation.