United Nations OCHA
03/23/2017 at 17:25. Facebook
Here are 10 things you need to know (and please share!) about the looming famine in Somalia. Find out more about how you can help:

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United Nations OCHA
03/22/2017 at 22:26. Facebook
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How can humanitarians and technology companies work together to improve humanitarian response?
Watch Gwi-Yeop Son, OCHA Director of Corporate Programs, deliver closing remarks at the 2017 Humanitarian ICT Forum: [ Hictf.org Link ]

Humanitarian ICT Forum (HICTF)

United Nations OCHA
03/22/2017 at 15:26. Facebook
"I was attracted to UNDAC because it’s flexible, fast and global. I want to be part of a team that delivers immediate emergency help to people who have been affected by a sudden onset crisis, and also to help people beyond my own country and region. UNDAC has given me the chance to do this."
Meet Bukola, an UNDAC member from Nigeria. When disasters strike, and governments ask, UNDAC teams can...
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United Nations OCHA
03/21/2017 at 21:34. Facebook
Today and tomorrow, the UN, humanitarian organisations and tech companies are meeting at Google headquarters to find innovative solutions for people affected by crises. Find out more here: [ Hictf.org Link ]
United Nations OCHA
03/21/2017 at 13:17. Facebook
More than 20 million people are experiencing famine or at risk over the next 6 months. With funding and access to people, we can prevent human catastrophe on a massive scale. But we must act quickly: [ Ow.ly Link ]
The Agenda for Humanity in action!
In Myanmar, national organizations are at the heart of humanitarian response, helping the 525,000 people who are estimated to be in need across the country.

Supporting local humanitarian action in Myanmar | Agenda for Humanity

We need a new way of working-- one that involves early action and injections of funding before crises grow:

Rising humanitarian needs call for a new way of working

We join Syrians in hoping that 2017 will be the year the carnage finally ends.
A glimmer of hope to share today.
Today, the UN, International Committee of the Red Cross,and Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivered humanitarian aid for 60,000 people in the besieged towns of Madaya, Zabadani, Foah, and Kafraya, Syria. This is the first convoy into besieged areas this year.
Over 57,000 people have been displaced from western Mosul since the middle of February. Take some time today to read and share some of their stories:

Iraq: Stories from west Mosul | OCHA

"We stand at a critical point in history...we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations. Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death." -UN Humanitarian Chief O'Brien told the UN Security Council today. Read his full remarks: [...
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"Your inspiration: The people I work with and the people I work for. And as the Secretary-General said, the belief that each day we can make a difference to the lives of people. Your obstacles: The insecurity that comes from not seeing enough of us at the table, not having enough women, mothers, in leadership positions and thinking 'we mustn't be good enough'." -Allegra Baiocchi, regional...
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"What drives me to do this job is to show that there are human faces and stories behind the hardship people see in the media and to show that we can make a positive difference, no matter how small, sometimes just to one family's life. What inspires me even more, are the great colleagues I have worked with, who often live in difficult situations themselves but keep motivated and courageous to...
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"The knowledge that OCHA can make a difference drives me. The difference may be small in the larger scheme of things, but at the individual level, it is important. I have overcome obstacles to female leadership by drawing inspiration from the many women who have gone before me, changing perceptions and paving the way."
-Christina Blunt, Eritrea
8 March is International #WomensDay! In honor of...
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The world must act fast and scale up life-saving aid in drought-hit Somalia.
"Obstacles I have overcome: a lot of self-doubt, some overt and some subtle discrimination, and motherhood. I have overcome obstacles to female leadership by standing up for what I believe in, and what I know to be right. And in all honesty, motherhood has made me a better person and a better leader. My daughter motivates me to be a better humanitarian."
-Wendy Cue, Regional Office, Panama

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For millions of people across the Horn of Africa, keeping animals alive is a lifeline. But three years of drought has caused thirst and hunger, decimated livestock, destroyed livelihoods, spread disease and triggered large scale population movements.
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Famine was declared in South Sudan on February 20.
In response, the United Nations and partners have delivered food to nearly 114,000 people across four locations in Mayendit county and nearly 25,500 people in two locations in Koch county. Three mobile response teams are currently deployed across Leer county to deliver food to nearly 48,500 people, and food distributions are planned in Koch...
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South Sudan: "People are suffering beyond measure" | OCHA

Today, almost 19 million people in Yemen need humanitarian aid. And 7 million people don't know where their next meal is coming from. We are facing a serious risk of famine.
The international community needs to step up funding and parties to the conflict need to continue providing humanitarian access, including to the ports, so that the needed imports can enter Yemen.