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23 Nov 2016 description

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.

03 May 2016 description

I. Overview:

From 14 to 16 April 2016, a mission including the Humanitarian Coordinator and OCHA Head of Office (o.i.c) conducted a two-day visit to Kurram Agency. The team visited New Durrani camp, recently denotified areas of Central Kurram and villages where returns took place two years ago to gain a better understanding of the immediate humanitarian needs of returned IDPs.

II. Background:

16 Apr 2016 description

(Islamabad, 16 April 2016): The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan Mr. Neil Buhne concluded his two-day visit to Kurram Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas on Saturday, 16 April, 2016, accompanied by the acting Head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Pakistan, Dr. Alexandra de Sousa.

29 Oct 2015 description

(Islamabad, 29 October 2015): The United Nations team in Pakistan offers our deepest sympathies to all those that have been affected by the Badakshan earthquake. This event is made more poignant occurring so soon after the ten-year anniversary of the devastating Kashmir earthquake, which claimed ten of thousands of lives in 2005. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said his thoughts and those of the international community are with the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan, as are those of the humanitarian community; both within Pakistan and around the world.

28 Jul 2011 description

(Islamabad: 28 July 2010): One year ago Pakistan was hit by unprecedented monsoon rains and floods. Across the country the scope and scale of the crisis was exceptional, affecting the lives of over 18 million people, washing away communities and livelihoods, and forcing millions to flee from their homes. The crisis took the lives of a confirmed 1,980 people and left an estimated 14 million in need of humanitarian assistance.

17 Jul 2009 description


The Inter-Cluster Diagnostic Mission was composed of team members representing the Global Cluster Leads and included Cluster representatives from Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), Health, Nutrition, Education, Early Recovery, Agriculture, Protection, Emergency Shelter, Camp Coordination & Camp Management (CCCM), NGO consortia (InterAction & ICVA), and the Humanitarian Coordination Support Section of OCHA.


The Cluster Approach was adopted by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee in 2005 as a coordination mechanism to address …

11 Jul 2009 description

The Government of the North Western Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan will undertake the implementation of voluntary, safe and dignified return of people internally displaced from NWFP areas. The return will be guided by the relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan that enshrine freedom of movement. It will also be guided by related internationally recognized guiding principles

The following complementary principles will guide the return:

- The Government of NWFP at all levels assumes that assistance and the protection of the IDPs to be its …

27 Apr 2007 description

Islamabad- April 27th, 2007: The main focus of the WATSAN sector has been the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the 4,000 water supply schemes of which 2,400 have so far been sponsored. The operation involves line departments of NWFP & AJK as well as some 28 partner organizations such as Unicef, TEAR Fund, TDH, Solidarities, RWSSP, RSPN, RDP, Premier Urgence, PRCS, Oxfam, NCA Project, Mercy Corps, Malteser International, Islamic Relief, IRC, IMC, IFRC, ICRC, DWHH/Germany, Diakonic Emergency, CRS, Concern World Wide, Care International, Arche Nova Emergency, ARC, Aga Khan Foundation, …

24 Apr 2007 description

Islamabad- April 24th, 2007: "Provision of community based income generation opportunities amongst the affected populace in the earthquake region is an important developmental tool for Building Back Better, "said General Nadeem, Deputy Chairman Earthquake Rehabilitation & Reconstruction Authority (ERRA) on a recent visit to Muzaffarabad.

23 Apr 2007 description

Islamabad- April 23th, 2007: The educational interventions in the earthquake affected areas cover wide spectrum of recovery activities such as support to primary, secondary and tertiary education, non-formal, technical and vocational education, staff and systems development, monitoring, and evaluation and education research.

14 Feb 2007 description

Islamabad February 14th, 2007 - United Nations Resident Coordinator, Jan Vandemoortele applauding the commitment of the agencies and the Government of Pakistan, said " The coordination between the authorities and the humanitarian community working in the quake zone is exemplary and the successful completion of the urban relief distribution is a classic case in point."

Responding to the request of the State Government PAK, the humanitarian organizations coordinated the targeted distribution of tents, blankets, tarpaulin sheets, plastic sheets and winter clothing etc.

12 Feb 2007 description

Islamabad February 12th, 2007 - The United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS) successfully completed its mission in the earth quake affected areas of AJK and NWFP.

12 Jan 2007 description

Islamabad, January 12th - Some 34,000 people affected by the earthquake in northern Pakistan are benefiting from a winterization campaign praised by the government as a success that has so far helped to avert a wave of cold-related deaths in the remaining 48 relief camps. Within a month, over 3,000 existing tents were weather-proofed with shelters made of timber and bamboo frames, plastic and CGI sheets - shelters specifically designed to respond to the need for a quick, economically feasible and appropriate solution.

05 Jan 2007 description


- Key coordination, planning and response for the winter period continued both in Islamabad and in the field. A general feeling of "quiet confidence" pervades regarding the readiness and response for this winter.

03 Jan 2007 description

Islamabad 3rd January 2007 - On the 23rd of December, the first life-saving medical evacuation after the re-start of the UNHAS helicopter flights, was conducted by Merlin, UNHAS, and United Nations Department of Security & Safety (UNDSS).

06 Nov 2006 description

Key Events

- To commemorate the anniversary of the October 2005 earthquake, the State Minister for Economic Affairs and the President George H.W. Bush as UN Special Envoy addressed the press and donors at UN Headquarters in New York on 6 October with an update on the relief and recovery highlights. Both the Special Envoy and the State Minister referenced a need for donors to convert pledges into contributions to continue the ongoing recovery activities.

- The 8 October earthquake was commemorated amidst various programmes in Islamabad and the affected regions.

20 Oct 2006 description

Islamabad October 19th, 2006- This year's celebration of United Nations Day and the sixty-first anniversary of the United Nations is marked by the launch of a history book, "No Ordinary Success Story" which is about the massive relief effort undertaken by the United Nations, NGOs, INGOs, civil society and the Government of Pakistan .

09 Oct 2006 description

Islamabad October, 2006 - One year after the massive earthquake that killed almost 73,000 people and rendered over 3 million homeless, the United Nations pay homage to the victims and tribute to the courage and resilience of the survivors.

Mr. Jan Vandemoortele, Humanitarian Coordinator, in a briefing on the Early Recovery Plan Review said, "Hundreds of ordinary people from all over Pakistan rallied to the immediate aid of communities devastated by the Earthquake. As much as the earthquake was upsetting, its aftermath was uplifting.