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World Humanitarian Day Briefing by UN Resident Coordinator, Papua New Guinea

IMG_4398 (1)On the 23 August to celebrate World Humanitarian Day UNIC Canberra organised a Diplomatic briefing via Webex by the UN Resident Coordinator, Papua New Guinea, Mr Roy Trivedy.

The briefing was focused on the El Nino climate pattern over the last year, its impact on Papua New Guinea and the corresponding humanitarian efforts to assist communities.

Beginning his briefing, Mr Trivedy said that the El Nino brought with it severe drought and frosts which was catastrophic for a country like Papua New Guinea which has 80 percent of its population heavily reliant of subsistence agriculture.

He explained the various impacts of the El Nino and how communities struggled to cope. One main issue was the lack of rainfall which resulted in the rivers and rainwater catchments drying up leading to a drastic decrease in access to clean water for drinking, cooking and washing. And where communities were reliant on waterways for transport the drop in water level caused difficulties in accessing markets, he said.

In addition to these problems drought created food shortages and food insecurity as food gardens wouldn’t grow – resulting in some communities having to rely on wild crops and berries which is generally regarded as famine food, he added.

Pacific Humanitarian Partnership Meeting Puts Focus on Women and Children in Disasters

Two hundred people involved in disaster response across the region are gathered in Suva for the annual Pacific Humanitarian Partnership meeting where the impact of disasters on women and children has been on the agenda today. The meeting was addressed by HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan on the role of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) programs in building resilience to disaster and climate change. Continue reading

Humanitarian Status Report reveals record needs and growing funding gap

The UN and its humanitarian partners today released its global humanitarian overview status report which reveals record-high financial requirements to respond to increasing numbers of people in need. Six months ago, in December 2014, humanitarian partners launched the 2015 consolidated appeal requesting US$16.4 billion to assist 57.5 million people with humanitarian aid in 22 countries. The status report reveals that the funds required have increased by $2.4 billion to a record $18.8 billion to meet the needs of the 78.9 million vulnerable people across 37 countries. Continue reading

Asia-Pacific Regional Guidelines For The Use Of Foreign Military Assets In Natural Disaster Response Operations

The UNOCHA Asia-Pacific Regional Guidelines For The Use Of Foreign Military Assets In Natural Disaster Response Operations are a reference guide for Member States who plan and execute foreign military support for international disaster response, as well as humanitarian entities, in order to establish the basic framework for the effective and efficient use of foreign military assets in international disaster response operations in support of an Affected State[s] in the Asia-Pacific region. Continue reading

2014 Humanitarian Challenges

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is currently engaged in mobilizing large-scale emergency humanitarian efforts for four major crises around the world, including Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Philippines. Continue reading

OCHA report on effective aid communication

Photo: Graham Crouch/IFRC An IFRC programme focused on providing disaster response training to volunteersWhether it is Twitter or Facebook, neighbours or friends, the multiplicity of information outlets is shifting power from aid agencies to disaster-affected communities, according to a recently launched UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) report Humanitarianism in the Network Age. Continue reading