12 April 2018 (Pyongyang): The humanitarian community in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is urgently requesting US$111 million to assist millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance.
(Yangon/New York, 8 April 2018): At the conclusion today of a six-day mission to Myanmar, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller called for strengthened humanitarian action based on the rights and needs of all communities, in line with international law and humanitarian principles.
WHO: Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator
WHAT: Mission to Myanmar and the ASEAN-UN Annual Regional Meeting in Jakarta
WHEN: 2 to 11 April 2018
WHERE: Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw, Jakarta
Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller will travel to Myanmar from 2 to 8 April 2018.
WHO: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
WHAT: Visit to Japan
WHEN: 20 February 2018
Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, is scheduled to visit Tokyo on 20 February on his first visit to Japan as USG/ERC.
(Kabul, 24 January 2017): The attack reportedly targeting the offices of a humanitarian organisation in Jalalabad, Nangarhar, killed two people and wounded a dozen, including five children, according to initial information.
(Kabul, 15 January 2018): Aid agencies in Afghanistan need US$430 million this year to help the most vulnerable girls, women, boys and men across the country. The money will be used to assist 2.8 million people displaced by conflict or natural disasters with emergency shelter and food, to treat patients injured by conflict, to feed malnourished children or assist vulnerable families returning home after years in Iran or Pakistan.
(Geneva, 23 October 2017): The international donor community today announced pledges for more than US$344 million to urgently ramp up the delivery of critical humanitarian assistance to Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh.
Funding was also pledged for the humanitarian response inside Myanmar where violence, insecurity and growing humanitarian needs have sent nearly 600,000 Rohingya from the northern Rakhine state into Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh since 25 August. This ongoing exodus is the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.
Invitation to the press
Consulting communities on what they need most during a disaster before it strikes
(Manila, 6 October 2017): The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Philippines today released the results of a community survey of 10 pilot barangays in Metro Manila. The aim of the survey is to understand better life-saving and evolving needs of at-risk people when they are hit by the “big one”” — a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that may severely affect the National Capital Region.
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 4 October 2017 - We leave Bangladesh moved by the stories of suffering that we heard from refugees fleeing the violence in Myanmar – and all the more determined that the United Nations do all it can to assist the Government of Bangladesh in coping with this crisis.
The human tragedy unfolding in southern Bangladesh is staggering in its scale, complexity and rapidity. In just the past few weeks, well over half a million Rohingya people have crossed the border, making this the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency.
(New York, 3 October 2017): Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock today released an additional US$12 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to urgently help the most vulnerable people fleeing violence in Myanmar and their host communities in Bangladesh, where the refugees are seeking refuge.
WHO: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
WHAT: Mission to Bangladesh
WHEN: 2-4 October 2017
WHERE: Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
(New York, 7 September 2017): The United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock released today US$7 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to urgently help tens of thousands of people fleeing violence in Myanmar and seeking refuge in Bangladesh.
Kabul, 15 August 2017: Reacting to the news that three national staff members of the NGO Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have been killed and two injured on 14 August 2017 in Ghor Province, Dr. Richard Peeperkorn, the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, made the following statement:
“I am deeply saddened by the shooting and killing of three staff members of CRS in Ghor Province. I share the grief of our colleagues at CRS and extend heart-felt condolences on behalf of the Humanitarian Community to our friends at CRS and the families of those killed.”
Hirat, 2 August 2017: In light of the attack on the Jawadia mosque in Hirat which killed at least 31 people and injured scores of others, the city’s regional hospital was called on to provide emergency trauma surgery and care.
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with a population of over 252 million people spread across some 18,000 islands. The country is one of the most disaster-prone in the world, regularly experiencing weather-related calamities and more earthquakes per year than any other country on earth.
(Manila, Philippines: 28 February 2017):
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Philippines today released Philippine Regional Profiles, a compilation of geographic and demographic data of the 18 regions of the Philippines. Each snapshot contains a national or regional map and visual representations of regional demography, poverty and human development, disaster statistics and sectoral information on nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, health, livelihood, education and shelter.
(Kabul, 6 February 2017): The UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mr. Mark Bowden, was saddened to learn of the loss of life and widespread damage to property in Barg-e-Matal in Nuristan province due to an avalanche.
“On behalf of the UN humanitarian agencies, I wish to extend our condolences to all those families who have lost loved ones as a result of this avalanche,” Mr. Bowden said. “I commend the efforts of the Afghan government that has quickly mobilised to respond to the disaster.”
ISLAMABAD (19 November, 2016): Upon conclusion of a two-day visit to North Waziristan Agency, Neil Buhne United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan said he was impressed by progress made in returning people earlier displaced from their homes, and by the extensive rehabilitation and reconstruction work undertaken by civilian and military authorities. But he was humbled by the work that remained to be done for the hundreds of thousands of people to return to a normal life.
(Yangon, 14 October 2016) - Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, concluded his three-day mission to Myanmar today. His trip took place shortly after the outbreak of violence in the northern part of Rakhine State and at a time of escalating armed clashes in Kachin. He expressed deep concern regarding recent developments and called for all sides to find peaceful ways to resolve differences rather than choosing the path of violence.