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Essential Services On Verge of Shutdown in Gaza as Emergency Fuel Set To Run Out

Supplies of emergency fuel provided by the United Nations for critical facilities in Gaza are being fast depleted, a senior UN relief official there warned on Sunday.

“At least one hospital has been forced to shut down for a few hours, and services are being dramatically reduced at others,” said Jamie McGoldrick, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory. More.

United Nations brings a dose of reality to Virtual Reality (VR) with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

This film is a VR experience that gives viewers the chance to ‘travel’ with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to witness the realities of humanitarian crises in the Middle East and Africa.

In 2016, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled to more than ten countries in five months to draw global attention to the urgent needs of some 130 million people severely impacted by armed conflicts and natural disasters. A VR crew captured the journey and offers viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at Ban’s visits to communities where people are suffering in some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

This is the first and only time the UN Secretary-General has been featured in a virtual reality film.

UN OCHA – Aleppo, Syria – Situation Report No. 6

Aleppo, Syria
12 December 2016


  • At present, an estimated 37,000 individuals have left east Aleppo to several areas in west Aleppo and the surrounding countryside. Around 14,700 reside in collective shelters. Around 19,000 were registered in houses in west Aleppo, Hanano and surrounding neighborhoods. The exact location of an additional estimated 3,420 is unknown- they are likely to stay with relatives without being
  • The UN has no data as to how many people remain or have been displaced within areas which have recently come under the control of GoS. Reports have been received of people hiding in basements.
  • Humanitarian partners have voiced concern regarding military actors, some armed, being observed in the IDPs camps.

Flash Update – Mosul – No. 2 | 18 October 2016


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For more information on this crisis please visit the OCHA Iraq website


  • Reports on the first 36 hours of military operation indicate that activities on the ground have taken place in less populated areas, not leading to immediate large scale displacements of affected people.
  • Displacement Tracking and Monitoring (DTM), managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), for Mosul commenced on 17 October.
  • An estimated 200,000 people could be displaced in the first weeks; a worst-case scenario could see one million displaced and 700,000 in need of emergency accommodation.
    Shelter is currently available for some 60,000 people in camps and emergency sites. Construction of additional sites, with capacity for some 250,000 people, is accelerating.

Possible IDP movement from Mosul, UNOCHA, 18 October 2016

For further information, please contact:
Karim Elkorany, Iraq, elkorany@un.org, +964 790 193 1292
Karuna Herrmann, New York, herrmann@un.org, +1 917 367 9899

Updates Hurricane Matthew from UN OCHA Dedicated Page


On 9 October, the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Matthew was located offshore of eastern coast of the United States no longer posing a threat to land. The storm was moving toward the east near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue during the next day. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move farther offshore of the coast of the North Carolina Outer Banks today and tonight. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next day, and the low is expected to be absorbed within a frontal boundary Monday night. All Hurricane Watches have been discontinued.

Stay up to date via OCHA Dedicated Website

Disaster-Prone Pacific to Address the Future of Humanitarian Relief

More than 140 delegates from across the Pacific have gathered in Auckland to discuss the future of humanitarian action in the region. Co-chaired by Australia, New Zealand and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the Pacific is the seventh of eight regional consultations being held ahead of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016. Continue reading

World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation for the Pacific, Auckland, New Zealand

World Humanitarian Summit pictureThe WHS regional Consultation for the Pacific was held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 30 June to 2 July 2015. It was hosted by the Government of New Zealand and co-chaired by the Governments of Australia and New Zealand along with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). In the spirit of the summit’s multi-stakeholder approach, the meeting brought together more than 140 participants from Continue reading

OCHA launches a dynamic Advocacy Campaign on the Central African Republic (CAR) crisis

For the past 18 months UNOCHA has worked relentlessly to garner support for the people of CAR by advocating with donors for funding for urgent aid, with UN member states for the deployment of security forces and with humanitarian partners for scaling up their capacity to respond. Continue reading