OCHA’s mission is to mobilise and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors to alleviate human suffering in emergencies, advocate for the rights of people in need, promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions. The USG also chairs the Inter-Agency Standing Committee as the Emergency Relief Coordinator. OCHA:
- Works with Governments to strengthen their capacity with early warning information, contingency planning, national capacity-building and training, and by mobilizing support from regional networks;
- Helps Governments access tools and services for life-saving relief (rapid-response teams, needs assessment, funds, reports and civil-military coordination);
- Identifies and analyses trends and helps the humanitarian community develop common policy, based on humanitarian principles;
- Speaks out publicly when necessary, works behind the scenes, negotiating on issues such as access, protection of civilians and aid workers, and humanitarian principles;
- Gathers and shares reliable data on where crisis-affected people are, what they urgently need and who is best placed to assist them;
- Helps manage humanitarian donations from more than 130 countries through its financial tracking services.
Disaster Reduction Goal
OCHA’s key objectives are to:
- Convene humanitarian and development partners to work strategically and coherently to strengthen resilience and build national and local capacity
- Advocate a resilience-based approach and ensure resilience concepts are integrated into the humanitarian programme cycle, and humanitarian tools and mechanisms are used to optimum effect
OCHA works to incorporate DRR approaches into humanitarian programmes and strengthen preparedness for effective humanitarian response. Emergency preparedness and DRR are critical to building community and household resilience.
UNDRR Inter-Agency Group (IAG)
National Disaster Management Offices/Ministries
Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
UN Headquarters I Room S-3322 I New York, NY 10017
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Geneva
Tel: +41 22 917 1352
The Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments (SFVC) online platform allows stakeholders to inform the public about their work on DRR. The SFVC online platform is a useful toolto know who is doing what and where for the implementation of the Sendai Framework, which could foster potential collaboration among stakeholders. All stakeholders (private sector, civil society organizations, academia, media, local governments, etc.) working on DRR can submit their commitments and report on their progress and deliverables.
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