OCHA

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the humanitarian arm of the United Nations Secretariat.

OCHA’s mandate stems from the General Assembly (GA) Resolution 46/182 of December 1991, which grants the Secretary-General a critical and ‘strengthened leadership role to ensure better preparation for, as well as rapid and coherent response to, natural disasters and other emergencies’. This responsibility is delegated to the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), who leads, coordinates and facilitates humanitarian assistance on his behalf.

OCHA’s vision: A world that comes together to help crisis-affected people rapidly get the humanitarian assistance they need.

OCHA’s mission: OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crisis. We advocate for effective and principled humanitarian action by all, for all.

To learn more about OCHA, please click here.

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