Driven by the Syria crisis, the number of people worldwide who need humanitarian aid is higher than ever. Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines has added 4 million people in need. The strategic response plans targets subsets of the overall people in need, according to gaps in the national response the collective capacity of the participating organizations, and strategic decisions about which needs must be met immediately and which are secondary.
At the meeting which was held December, 16th, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Valerie Amos, presented the humanitarian requirements for 2014 and highlighted trends and challenges for humanitarian response in 2014. She was joined on the podium by the High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. António Guterres, and the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children International, Ms. Jasmine Whitbread. She addressed an amount of 12, 9 billion dollars as the total funding requested. This is the second highest amount ever requested. High Commissioner Gutierres presented the particular challenges related to refugee response with a mega crisis like Syria parallel with a multitude of protracted and acute emergencies. There have not been such a high number of displaced persons for two decades, there were more than two million new refugees registered in 2013. He emphasized the need for better linkages between the humanitarian and development response and commended the efforts of agencies and NGO's in the field to achieve this. Ms. Whitbread expressed particular concern for the chronic underfunding of certain sectors like protection, education and livelihoods, and certain crisis in particular protracted ones. She also highlighted accountability to affected populations, partnership with local NGO's, funding of resilience and preparedness and humanitarian access as key for the NGO-community.
The launch of the 2014 strategic response plans and requirements is the culmination of a worldwide process in which hundreds of organizations delivering humanitarian aid in crisis-affected regions come together to assess needs and formulate concerted plans and a unified funding request to Member States and donor organizations. Individual strategic response plans are available on line here
Read the Global Humanitarian Response plan here
Regional response plan Syrian refugees