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UN OCHA Responding to Humanitarian Crises in the Region

On the 7 November an Asia Pacific delegation from UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian  Affairs (OCHA) addressed a diplomatic briefing hosted by UNIC Canberra at our office.

Ms Anne Colquhoun, UN OCHA Head of Office for the Pacific Islands gave a comprehensive briefing on work in the Pacific region some of which is emergency response preparedness.

Part of this work she said included sector partnerships and coordination – working on packages that included emergency response architecture legislation and national management systems.

Although working throughout the Pacific particular emphasis she said was working within the south pacific region because of the area’s high disaster prone characteristics.

She also highlighted OCHA’s work with Pacific partners to ensure that vulnerable people of the  region are included in all disaster management plans; people with disabilities, women and children, the aged and people with different sexual or gender identities.

She also noted other current priorities which included preparing for the cyclone season in the coming months.

Humanitarian Community Supports Government Response to Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami

02 October 2018 (Jakarta): The United Nations (UN), and wider humanitarian community in Indonesia, stands ready to support the Government of Indonesia as it responds to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck central Sulawesi on 28 September.

On 1 October, the Government of Indonesia, through the national disaster management agency (BNPB) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, welcomed specific offers of international assistance that are in line with identified humanitarian needs on the ground. Since the disaster happened, humanitarian agencies have been in close communication with the Government to more fully understand the situation in the affected areas and stand ready to provide whatever support may be required.

The response to the earthquake and tsunami is being coordinated by BNPB and the regional disaster management agency (BPBD), under the overall leadership of the Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs. Humanitarian actors, including the Red Cross, NGOs and UN agencies, are already on the ground or en route to the affected areas to provide immediate relief assistance and to conduct assessments to better understand the immediate needs.

UN Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, Ms. Anita Nirody said, “The Government of Indonesia has significant experience and capacity to manage natural disasters, but given the scale and complexity of this emergency combined with the response to the recent series of earthquakes in Lombok and the residual needs there, UN agencies and NGOs are working closely with Government ministries to provide all necessary technical support.”

As a result of the earthquake and tsunami, 844 people are already known to have died and more than 48,000 people have left their homes and are staying in displacement sites. These numbers are expected to rise as information continues to come in from the affected areas.

“Following the disaster, roads and bridges have been destroyed, communication lines are down, and landslides have left many areas inaccessible. As a result, it has been difficult to get information about the situation on the ground out, and to get aid and people in,” said Ms. Nirody.

“With so many people having lost all their possessions and with many basic services down, there is also an urgent and immediate need for food, clean water, shelter, medical care and psychosocial support.”

For further information please contact:
Helen Mould,
Public Information Officer, mould@un.org Tel. +66 63 270 9122

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