United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.
OCHA’s mission is to:
- Mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies.
- Advocate the rights of people in need.
- Promote preparedness and prevention.
- Facilitate sustainable solutions.
The Global Humanitarian Overview is the most comprehensive, authoritative and evidence-based assessment of world humanitarian needs. The GHO is based on detailed analysis of comprehensive data from a wide range of sources, and face-to-face interviews with hundreds of thousands of people directly affected by humanitarian crises across the globe. Our global plan facilitates effective, rapid and coordinated responses to humanitarian crises, supporting prompt life-saving action by humanitarian agencies, generously financed by governmental, private and individual donors.
UN OCHA to establish global humanitarian data centre in The Netherlands
Istanbul, 23 May 2016: The use of data will be a key determinant of humanitarian effectiveness in the 21st century. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is therefore establishing a global humanitarian data centre in the Netherlands, to be operational from early 2017. The initiative is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
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Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX)
We are excited to announce that the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) is coming out of beta. We first introduced HDX at the Open Knowledge Festival in Berlin in July 2014. Two years, 4,000 datasets, and 180,000 users later, we think it is fitting to announce this new milestone at the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 in Istanbul.
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