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Cover page of the 2022 Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan. Photo of three desperate young girls.

UN and Partners Launch Response Plans to Help 28 Million People in Urgent Need in Afghanistan and the Region

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The United Nations and non-governmental organizations will today launch joint response plans aiming to deliver vital humanitarian relief to 22 million people in Afghanistan and support 5.7 million displaced Afghans and local communities in five neighbouring countries. The humanitarian and refugee response plans combined require over US$5 billion in international funding in 2022.
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Nurses at a mobile clinic provide nutrition to families in the village. Photo of four nurses measuring arm of a small child

UN Security Council's milestone decision will save lives and livelihoods in Afghanistan, statement by Mr. Martin Griffiths, USG/ERC

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths, Statement on Afghanistan I welcome today’s adoption by the Security Council of a humanitarian exception in the UN sanctions regime applicable in Afghanistan. This milestone decision will enable urgently needed humanitarian action to save lives and livelihoods in Afghanistan. It is evidence of how seriously Member States take the shocking levels of need and suffering in the country.
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Logo of the IASC website 30 years anniversary

IASC turned 30!

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19 December 2021 marks 30 years since UN Member States negotiated and adopted General Assembly resolution 46/182
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Cover of GHO 2022. Young mother holding her baby. Text: $41 billion funding required, 274 million people in need, 183 million people targeted with aid

UN and partners working together to respond to ever-growing and more complex challenges - GHO 2022

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As humanitarian needs continue to rise around the world, the United Nations and partners today launch their annual assessment and plan for how to alleviate the suffering in 2022. A total of 274 million people worldwide will need emergency aid and protection in 2022, a 17 per cent increase compared to last year’s launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO).
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The COVAX Humanitarian Buffer

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The Humanitarian Buffer is a mechanism established within the COVAX Facility to act as a measure of ‘last resort’ to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccines for high-risk and vulnerable populations in humanitarian settings. Populations of concern in humanitarian settings may include refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, internally displaced persons, minorities, populations in conflict settings or those affected by humanitarian emergencies, and vulnerable migrants irrespective of their legal status.
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Smoke billows from the scene of an air strike, in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Mr. Martin Griffiths, Emergency Relief Coordinator, Statement on Ethiopia

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As delivered: Today, a UN humanitarian flight in Ethiopia destined for Mekelle in Tigray was forced to return to Addis Ababa due to air strikes in Mekelle – an incident that raises serious concerns for the safety of humanitarian staff who are working to help civilians in humanitarian need.  UN and non-governmental organizations are making every effort to continue delivering assistance to millions of people in desperate need in Tigray, Amhara and Afar. Conflict dynamics make this increasingly difficult. 
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a group photo featuring a number of IASC Principals hosted by UNHCR

IASC Principals Convene to Address Urgent Humanitarian Issues

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IASC Principals met for their second bi-annual meeting of 2021, hosted by UNHCR in Geneva, to discuss country contexts covering Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Myanmar, the Sahel Region, and Syria, with a focus on, among others, advocacy on protection, humanitarian access and resource mobilization.