Syria: “It was a day from hell”
11 March, 2014
This week marks three years since the crisis in Syria began. The UN estimates that 9 million people in Syria need aid, including 3.5 million people living in areas where aid groups cannot reach them.
At the most severe end of the scale are the 250,000 people living in besieged areas,... Read More >>
International Women’s Day: “We have great opportunities to...
7 March, 2014
On International Women's Day (8 March), OCHA is highlighting some of the remarkable women working on the front lines of some of the world's toughest emergencies.
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Sarah Otuku is from the city of Lira in northern Uganda. She joined OCHA in... Read More >>
Afghanistan: Humanitarian groups need $406 million in 2014
3 March, 2014
The United Nations and its humanitarian partners are seeking US$406 million to provide five million people with essential, life-saving aid in 2014.
At an event to launch the 2014 Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) held in Kabul in early February, Afghanistan’s Minister of Rural... Read More >>
Syria: “Civilians are under fire”
25 February, 2014
Almost three years into Syria’s civil war, civilians are still being targeted by all sides, and aid efforts continue to be prevented and undermined. This was the assessment delivered today by UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief, Ms. Kyung-wha Kang in a statement to the UN General Assembly.... Read More >>
WHS: “We need new solutions, new ways of responding, new...
14 February, 2014
The launch of a new World Humanitarian Summit website kicks off two years of intensive outreach in the lead up to the 2016 global gathering in Istanbul, Turkey.
The website – www.worldhumanitariansummit.org– marks an important public step in a process that seeks to redefine the... Read More >>