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21 Sep 2017 description

Co-chairs statement issued on behalf of: Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock; European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, H.E. Mr. Christos Stylianides; and African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, H.E. Ms. Minata Samate Cessouma.

21 Sep 2017 description

UN Headquarters, New York, 21 September 2017, 08:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. As Delivered

Excellencies, Ministers, Distinguished Guests,

Welcome to this high-level event on the humanitarian situation in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region.
Last week, immediately on starting this job, I visited Diffa in Niger and Borno in Nigeria: two areas that have been severely impacted by the Boko Haram insurgency.
I went there to meet people affected by the crisis, and to bring their voices to you here today.

20 Sep 2017 description

Co-chairs’ summary issued on behalf of Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock; African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, H.E. Ms. Minata Samate Cessouma; and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, H.E. Mr. Børge Brende

On 20 September 2017, we hosted a high-level meeting to draw international attention to the escalating humanitarian crisis in South Sudan with participation from United Nations Member States, regional organizations, UN partners and members of the civil society.

19 Sep 2017 description

(New York, 19 September 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, strongly condemns the deadly attacks targeting innocent civilians in Konduga, Banki and Ngala areas of Borno State in conflict-struck north-east Nigeria.

Four attacks in recent weeks, three of which were carried out by suicide bombers, have claimed the lives of over 45 civilians and injured countless others, and are indicative of a surge in the brutal violence triggered by a regionalized conflict that is now in its eighth year.

19 Sep 2017 description

Connecting Business initiative (CBi) formed 13 networks in first year

New York, September 19: United Nations aid and development chiefs, government officials, and business leaders today pledged to expand cooperation in preparing for and responding to crises through new networks engaging the private sector.

18 Sep 2017 description

(Maiduguri, 18 September 2017): The United Nations and its partners are urgently appealing for $9.9 million to respond to the current cholera outbreak in Borno State, north-east Nigeria, and prevent further outbreaks in high-risk areas. A Cholera Response and Prevention Plan has been developed to address the immediate needs of 3.7 million people that could be affected by the outbreak.

17 Sep 2017 description

(New York 17 September 2017): The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, today allocated US$10 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to enable humanitarians to help tens of thousands of people in need of assistance following the devastating category five storm, Hurricane Irma.

17 Sep 2017 description
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The UN is calling on all parties to the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians from the effects of violence in eastern Deir-ez-Zor, following increased reports of civilian deaths and injuries due to airstrikes in recent days.

“The UN is deeply concerned for the safety and protection of civilians - men, women and children - who are victims of continued fighting, airstrikes and military operations in Deir-ezZor,” said Ramesh Rajasingham, the acting interim Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria.

16 Sep 2017 description

The military operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) lasted nine grueling months and took an immense toll on the civilian population. The crisis surpassed humanitarians’ worst-case planning scenarios, displacing almost 1 million people from Mosul. Some 700,000 of those people have been unable to return. Today, more people are vulnerable in Iraq than at any time during the recent conflict.

15 Sep 2017 description

Devastation and the extensive breakdown of essential services have followed Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded over the Atlantic. The Category 5 hurricane wrought havoc on many of the Caribbean islands, with maximum sustained winds of 296 km/h bringing heavy rains and causing deadly waves. Those winds lasted for 37 hours, making Irma the longest-lived storm of that intensity anywhere in the world for at least the past 50 years, according to the United Kingdom Met Office.

15 Sep 2017 description

CAR is experiencing the worst displacement crisis since the 2013 catastrophe, when the conflict turned sectarian. In Bangui, the capital, almost 1 million people were forced to flee their homes in search of safety. The recent upsurge of violence has caused a 50 per cent increase in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in 2017, bringing the total close to 600,000. These people are now spread across the country in 84 IDP sites or with host families, mostly in the south-east.

15 Sep 2017 description

United Nations supplies arrived in Deir-ez-Zor city yesterday where 93,500 people are in urgent need of assistance. After being besieged by ISIL for three years, the civilian population faced deteriorating conditions while being deprived of their rights to humanitarian aid and freedom of movement.

15 Sep 2017 description
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Damascus, 15 September 2017

United Nations supplies arrived in Deir-ez-Zor city yesterday where 93,500 people are in urgent need of assistance. After being besieged by ISIL for three years, the civilian population faced deteriorating conditions while being deprived of their rights to humanitarian aid and freedom of movement.

13 Sep 2017 description

Joint statement by Save the Children, UNICEF and the Humanitarian Coordinator for the oPt

Scores of Palestinian children continue to struggle to realize their right to education as students return to school last week. School demolitions, confiscation of equipment, double shifts, inability to prioritise education and underfunding have complicated children’s access to education.

13 Sep 2017 description

(Abuja, 12 September 2017): At the end of a two-day mission to Nigeria, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, said that the Government and humanitarians had made important progress in delivering life-saving relief to millions of people in north-east Nigeria. However, the complex Lake Chad Basin crisis will require sustained international support over the coming years.

13 Sep 2017 description

The first cholera cases were identified in north-eastern Nigeria’s Borno State on 16 August, despite extensive efforts to improve sanitation conditions in camps and to raise awareness of the importance of best hygiene practices. The insurgency and efforts to quell it have forcibly displaced 1.7 million people in north-eastern Nigeria, many of them living in dire conditions. To date, health partners count more than 1,625 confirmed and/or suspected cases and at least 40 cholera-related deaths.

12 Sep 2017 description

Bangui, le 12 septembre 2017 – Le Coordonnateur humanitaire en République centrafricaine, Najat Rochdi, condamne l'attaque ciblée contre les civils et les organisations humanitaires à Batangafo. Elle appelle au respect du droit international humanitaire ainsi qu'à un accès humanitaire libre.

Le 7 septembre à Batangafo, un groupe d’hommes lourdement armés a attaqué la base d’une ONG internationale qui abritait plusieurs organisations humanitaires ainsi que de nombreuses familles déplacées.

12 Sep 2017 description

Tanganyika : relance du Cadre Provincial de Concertation Humanitaire (CPCH)

11 Sep 2017 description

(Niamey, le 11 septembre 2017): A la fin de sa mission de trois jours au Niger, le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence des Nations Unies, Mark Lowcock, a félicité, aujourd’hui le Gouvernement du Niger pour avoir fait face efficacement à la crise humanitaire complexe dans le pays.