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18 Jan 2019 description

The Global Appeal 2019 Update provides information for governments, private donors, partners and other readers interested in UNHCR’s priorities and budgeted activities for 2019 to protect and improve the lives of tens of millions of people of concern: refugees, internally displaced people, returnees, stateless persons, and others of concern. It highlights the challenges faced by UNHCR and its partners in attempting to respond to multiple life-threatening crises and ever-growing humanitarian needs.



15 Jan 2019 description


Asia-Pacific remains the world's most disaster-prone region and, in 2018, natural disasters once again affected millions of people. During the year the region experienced a number of sudden-onset disasters that prompted international responses, including Tropical Cyclone Gita in Tonga (February), a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea (February), Tropical Storm Son Tinh in Lao PDR (August), Cyclone Mangkhut in the Philippines (September) and a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province (October).

14 Jan 2019 description


The inaugural Global Logistics Cluster (GLC) Preparedness Workshop took place in Cairo, Egypt, from 4-6 December 2018. Following the rollout of preparedness initiatives across four pilot countries in 2017-18, the foundation of the 3-day event was built upon fostering synergies between partners, reviewing lessons learned, and paving a way forward for ongoing and upcoming preparedness initiatives. This included identifying timelines, priorities and mapping out key modalities for potential support.

14 Jan 2019 description

From providing vital IT services in Iraq, Nigeria and Yemen to supporting preparedness activities in the Pacific and Caribbean regions, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) was highly active in 2018. Here's a brief overview of what we did and where we were last year. ​Have a look at the ETC annual infographic.

11 Jan 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Stranger Things star was appointed youngest-ever UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2018

COPENHAGEN/NEW YORK, 11 January 2018 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Emmy-nominated actress Millie Bobby Brown helped pack supplies for some of the world’s most vulnerable children during a visit to UNICEF’s global supply headquarters in Copenhagen this week.

10 Jan 2019 description

“One of the first questions migrants ask in the camps is if there is Wi-Fi access and where they can charge their phones.” Says Amira Almakzomy, project assistant for IOM in Bosnia. ”Moreover, internet is their gateway to information, and to a range of services like the asylum procedures, as well as connection with the responsible person for the assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR).” She continues.

08 Jan 2019 description
report IRIN

Mark Duffield, Professor emeritus at the Global Insecurities Centre, University of Bristol, and author of Post-Humanitarianism: Governing Precarity in the Digital World

The humanitarian norms that once tempered international conduct lie abandoned. A couple of decades ago, hopes for a liberal “new world order” shaped by human rights and cosmopolitan values still had traction. A backlash of authoritarianism and insurgent populism, however, has revised that global outlook.

19 Dec 2018 description

“Migrants”, “refugees”, “displaced people”, how many times have we heard these words? We have been hearing them so many times during the past few years that we risk missing their true meaning. Words that are commonly used, but that rarely depict the multifaceted nature of what they aim to describe. Behind those words there are actually many individuals, each of them with their own story, all different from one another, different home countries, paths, destinations, dreams, hopes, fears and needs, but all of them with one common element: the pursuit of normality.

18 Dec 2018 description

The risks posed by digital technologies in conflict zones were laid bare at an event in London last week.

While digital technologies have brought many benefits to the humanitarian sector, more attention and action are required when it comes to the associated threats and their consequences.

17 Dec 2018 description

Following the positive reception of OCHA’s set of 250 public domain humanitarian icons in 2012, the organization is releasing an extended and completely redesigned new collection in 2018 (295 and counting).

The original suite was developed because at OCHA we understand that during the response to an emergency it is critical to share and understand complex information in a timely fashion. Icons — with their easily accessible, universal visual language — are vital to achieve this.

11 Dec 2018 description

Ginebra (CICR) – El uso cada vez mayor de tecnologías digitales y móviles en el sector humanitario crea registros que pueden ser accesibles y utilizados indebidamente por terceros. Esto podría poner en riesgo a las personas que reciben asistencia humanitaria, según revela un informe conjunto de Privacy International y el Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR), por el momento, disponible solo en inglés.

11 Dec 2018 description


  • Energy is essential to humanitarian action. Most refugee and internal displacement camps are in remote locations, so humanitarian agencies consume large amounts of fuel on the long-distance transport of staff, equipment, and goods such as food and water. Operations tend to rely on on-site electricity generation to power reception centres, clinics, schools, food storage, water pumping and street lighting. Peacekeeping operations face a similar situation.

07 Dec 2018 description

Digital trails could endanger people receiving humanitarian aid, ICRC and Privacy International find

Geneva (ICRC) – The humanitarian sector’s growing use of digital and mobile technologies creates records that can be accessed and misused by third parties, potentially putting people receiving humanitarian aid at risk, a joint report from Privacy International and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has found.

23 Nov 2018 description

LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) logistics base in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is preparing a shipment of 11,500 tonnes of sorghum for Djibouti and its subsequent distribution in humanitarian operations in East Africa.