Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) , is a United Nations body formed in December 1991 by General Assembly Resolution 46/182. The resolution was designed to strengthen the UN's response to complex emergencies and natural disasters by creating the Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA), and replacing the Office of the United Nations Disaster Relief Coordinator, which had been formed in 1972. In 1998, due to reorganisation, DHA merged into the OCHA and was designed to be the UN focal point on major disasters. Its mandate was also expanded to include the coordination of humanitarian response, policy development and humanitarian advocacy. It is a sitting observer of the United Nations Development Group.

OCHA is therefore an inter-agency body, serving UN agencies and NGOs in the humanitarian domain. Its main product is the Consolidated Appeals Process, an advocacy and planning tool to deliver humanitarian assistance together in a given emergency.


OCHA is headed by the Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, currently Valerie Amos.

As of 2007 OCHA has some 1,064 staff, distributed across the world. Major OCHA country offices are located in Afghanistan, Burundi,Central African...
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