REGIONAL OFFICE FOR THE MIDDLE EAST, NORTH AFRICA AND CENTRAL ASIA (ROMENACA)

Middle East

Highlights 2011

  • Responding to the Libyan crisis, ROMENACA set up the initial humanitarian coordination structure and provided the full range of OCHA emergency services, including information management, reporting and human resource management. ROMENACA led the first joint UN rapid assessment team into Libya. Staff were deployed on surge for a combined 192 days.
     
  • ROMENACA significantly boosted preparedness capability in key parts of the region by supporting contingency planning in Turkey and Syria. Ten trainings for humanitarian partners in eight countries covered crisis communication, CERF, and emergency tools and services. The UNDAC training in December in Abu Dhabi drew government participants from Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Morocco, oPt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and from the AU and OIC.
     
  • Sustained partnership-building resulted in memorandums of understanding with the League of Arab States and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. To support OCHA Country Offices, ROMENACA’s regular donor briefings and outreach to mass media raised awareness and generated support to humanitarian action in the region and beyond.

A transit camp near the Tunisia-Libya border (Mar 2011). © David Ohana/OCHA