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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

Affiliation or Individual:
City, Country: Multiple countries
Region of Work: 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121
Objective / Mission Statement:

OCHA’s mission is to:

  • Mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies.
  • Advocate the rights of people in need.
  • Promote preparedness and prevention.
  • Facilitate sustainable solutions.
Area of work: 122, 123
Key activities relevant to PDD:
  • Coordination
    To coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors.
  • Policy
    • OCHA sets an evidence-based and forward-looking humanitarian policy agenda to identify emerging trends and develop common or harmonized policy and advocacy positions among relief organizations.
    • OCHA provides policy guidance and clarity on pressing issues to humanitarian practitioners and policy-makers, to help strengthen effective and timely response
    • OCHA identifies best practices and lessons learned through the evaluation of humanitarian action to enhance effectiveness and the accountability of those involved
  • Advocacy
    Communicating the right messages to the right people at the right time, including humanitarian agencies, NGOs, community-based organizations, national governments, local and international media, parties to conflict, companies, donors, regional bodies, communities affected by emergencies and the general public.
  • Information management
    OCHA offices collect and analyse information to provide an overview of protracted and acute emergencies.
  • Humanitarian funding
    OCHA coordinates global humanitarian funding appeals and manages global and country-specific humanitarian response funds on behalf of donors and the broader humanitarian system.

Contact Us

International Environment House 2
7-9 Chemin de Balexert
1219 Châtelaine, Geneva

+41 22 917 5483

Media Enquiries

Chirine El Labbane
Communication Officer

+41 79 542 18 09

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