UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

News in Brief 22 October 2019

  • UN food agency reaches besieged Yemenis
  • Children killed and injured in ongoing Libya fighting
  • Turkish assault on northern Syria has ‘significant humanitarian impact’
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Hurricane Dorian wreaked unprecedented ‘mass destruction’ on Bahamas: UN relief chief

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, flew to the Bahamas on Wednesday to meet with the Prime Minister and other members of Government, and discuss the next steps in the relief effort.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with UN News’s Conor Lennon, Mr. Lowcock described the scene as one of “mass destruction”.

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Saving lives with data: how the UN is developing digital tools for improved humanitarian aid

Sarah Telford, the director of the UN Centre for Humanitarian Data, spoke to Conor Lennon from UN News about the ways that better data tools can assist humanitarian workers in getting aid to the people who need it most, and also the challenges the Centre faces, from privacy issues to the risk of identification and subsequent reprisals in conflict areas.

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UN calls for funds to ease ‘deteriorating’ humanitarian situation in Gaza and West Bank

The need for aid in the occupied Palestinian territory has increased, following a year that has seen a “serious deterioration in the humanitarian situation,” said Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the region, in a statement on Monday.

WHO supports Zimbabwe with 1.4 million vaccinations to beat cholera outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting Zimbabwe’s efforts to begin vaccinating 1.4 million people against a new deadly outbreak of cholera, beginning on Wednesday, after the water-borne disease first surfaced in a suburb of the capital Harare early last month.

UN relief chief concludes disaster-preparedness mission to Haiti and Panama

The top United Nations emergency relief official has assured the Haitian government of the organization’s support for its efforts to prepare against hurricanes and stamp out cholera.

'Ready to go when crisis strikes': 25 years of UN rapid disaster response

It’s exactly 25 years since the UN created a new international emergency response team to respond to disasters around the world.

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News in Brief 18 December 2017 (AM)

Make migration work for all: UN Secretary-General

Solidarity with the world’s 258 million migrants has never been more urgent, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday.

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