22 August 2016 – Stressing the need for a 48-hour pause to the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the United Nations humanitarian chief today urged the United States and Russia to rapidly reach agreement on the security guarantees and operational modalities for a ceasefire there so aid workers can deliver life-saving assistance to those in desperate need.
“I’m not going to pretend – I’m angry, very angry” about what is happening in Aleppo today and throughout Syria over the last five years, said Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator in his briefing to the Security Council.
“This callous carnage that is Syria has long since moved from the cynical, to the sinful,” he said, warning that it is the failure of politics and the 15-member Council.
“So please: now is the moment, this instant, to put differences aside, come together as one, and stop this humanitarian shame upon us all, once and for all,” he told Council members.
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 →
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 →