Latest Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Stories

2011-05-25 07:00:00

BRUSSELS, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Voxbone today announced it has been selected to provide a means for United Nations agencies responding with humanitarian aid in times of natural disasters to stay in contact and communicate with one another quickly and easily via a unique United Nations country code - 888. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090811/VOXBONELOGO) Under agreement with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Voxbone has...

2010-12-05 00:13:33

Project Backed by Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, UN Foundation, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and Vodafone Foundation New York, NY (Vocus) December 3, 2010 The United Nations Foundation and The Vodafone Foundation announced today the launch of new research with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative that will help increase the efficiency of information sharing between large aid organizations and...

2009-10-21 07:25:00

On Tuesday the UN sent out an alert that East Africa could be hit by flash floods in approaching months, with the potential to affect hundreds of thousands of people already suffering from a severe drought. The prediction comes from the UN's humanitarian coordination office that reported that the El Nino climate pattern in the Pacific basin could set off heavy rain in the Horn of Africa, which is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in a decade. "El Nino could create in the...

2009-10-13 16:21:00

http://gemini.info.usaid.gov/photos/displayimage.php?pos=-1896WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) airlifted a shipment of emergency supplies to Indonesia on October 10th from its stockpile in Dubai. In coordination with the Indonesian Red Cross, approximately 20,000 internally displaced personnel will benefit from 45 metric tons of emergency relief supplies including 34 pallets of plastic sheeting,...

2009-06-23 15:00:04

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Tuesday that locusts coming from northern Somalia by the swarms are putting crops in Ethiopia at risk of being destroyed. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) "reports that locust swarms have been confirmed in seven regions in the country, including in areas where there is no previous record of infestation," a statement said. "The government is expected to present a response plan specifying immediate and...

2008-07-03 08:46:42

Earth observation satellites have provided vital information to relief workers in Myanmar throughout a particularly long crisis response window following the devastating Cyclone Nargis that hit the country on 2 and 3 May 2008. Immediately after the disaster, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) asked the International Charter on 'Space and Major Disasters', referred to as "Ëœthe Charter', for support by providing immediate crisis mapping of the...

2008-05-07 08:07:39

Envisat captured Cyclone Nargis making its way across the Bay of Bengal just south of Myanmar on May 1, 2008. The cyclone hit the coastal region and ripped through the heart of Myanmar on Saturday, devastating the country. On May 4, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) asked the International Charter on 'Space and Major Disasters' for support. The initiative, referred to as "ËœThe Charter', was founded in October 2000 by ESA, the French...

2006-07-04 06:35:13

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A revised response plan for the May earthquake that killed more than 5,700 people and left many homeless on Indonesia's Java island is about $60 million short of the $80 million needed, the United Nations said on Tuesday. The 6.3 magnitude quake struck at dawn on May 27, hitting the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta and areas of Central Java province the hardest. Hundreds of thousands had their homes destroyed or damaged, and meeting their needs is one of the...

2006-05-14 08:30:57

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The international community is overlooking the world's worst humanitarian disaster in Democratic Republic of Congo, where 10 million people need life-saving assistance, a U.N. official said on Sunday. With 1,200 people dying every day in the vast central African state, the United Nations launched an appeal three months ago for $682 million (361 million pounds) to provide water, food, medical assistance, shelter and protection to those at risk. That equates to...

Word of the Day
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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.