Frequently Asked Questions: The COVAX Humanitarian Buffer
This FAQ document has been prepared by the IASC Working Group on COVID-19 vaccines that was tasked by the IASC Emergency Directors Group to work with Gavi on the establishment of the COVAX humanitarian buffer.
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According to the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), over 34 million people around the world are facing emergency levels of acute food insecurity (Integrated Food Insecurity Phase Classification (IPC) 4).
"We call on all State and non-State parties to the conflict to fulfil their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law; ensure their forces respect and protect civilian populations, particularly women and children, from all human rights abuses; explicitly condemn all sexual violence; and take action to bring perpetrators to justice where abuses do occur."
The COVID-19 Data Explorer brings together data to show the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – the virus and its secondary impact – for countries affected by humanitarian or refugee crises. With thanks to the contribution of many IASC partners, the COVID-19 Data Explorer now showcases 50 datasets from more than 25 sources.
Data responsibility is paramount as the humanitarian system collects and shares more data than ever before. Just as the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing humanitarian crises, it has also increased our reliance on digital technologies and timely data.
“Let’s all be champions of protection and place the rights and dignity of victims and survivors at the heart of our efforts.” — Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director.
As of January 2021, UNFPA Executive Director Dr.
We will face many challenges in 2021, but together we can take action to help those who need us most.
Hear from Mr. Mark Lowcock, the Under-Secretary-General of Humanitarian Affairs and IASC Emergency Relief Coordinator, was joined by Mr. David Beasley, Executive Director of WFP, Ms. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA, and Ms. Sofia Sprechmann Sineiro, Secretary-General of Care International in the 2021 New Year’s message from the IASC.
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The Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) is the world’s most comprehensive, authoritative and evidence-based assessment of humanitarian need. Through plans that prioritize those most in need, it aims to fight hunger, killer diseases, gender-based violence and displacement.
In 2021, 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection.
View the full abridged report for more information on current humanitarian trends.
The United Nations humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, has released $25 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support women-led organizations that prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian settings.
The issue paper contributes to inter-agency reflections on what the Peace component of the HDPN might and can look like, with an emphasis on the possible engagement pathways along a peace spectrum within humanitarian action. This paper outlines how humanitarian actors can ensure context and conflict analysis and conflict-sensitivity in their own programming. The paper also provides clarity on the full spectrum of peace actions to contribute to improving the complementarity, coordination and/or collaboration between humanitarian, development and peace actions.
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Mark Lowcock Speech at the Paris Institute for Political Science
The Greater Sahel: How To Avert A Looming Tragedy
A Virtual Speech, New York, 13 October 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating protection concerns in humanitarian crises and exposing vulnerable populations to new threats. Protection clusters are reporting an increase in cases of violence, including a ‘shadow pandemic’ of Gender Based violence (GBV), forced displacement, a rise in xenophobia and stigmatization, alongside discrimination in access to health, food, water, education and legal services for vulnerable and marginalized groups.
Many of our staff have been affected directly or indirectly by manifestations of racism and racial discrimination. It is incumbent upon us to examine and address racism and racial discrimination within our own organizations and in the humanitarian sector, including by expanding diversity at all levels in our workplaces, and fostering more inclusive and diverse ways of working.
The NewYork Times
By Rick Gladstone
Sept. 5, 2020
The first famines of the coronavirus era could soon hit four chronically food-deprived conflict areas — Yemen, South Sudan, northeast Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo — the top humanitarian official of the United Nations has warned.