The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) evolved from the December 1991 General Assembly Resolution 46/182 and is designed to strengthen the UN’s response to both complex emergencies and natural disasters, as well as to improve the overall effectiveness of the UN’s humanitarian operations in the field. OCHA’s mandate includes the coordination of humanitarian response, policy development and humanitarian advocacy. Its core functions are supported by its staff members in New York, Geneva and in the field. Singapore is part of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, which is a standby team of disaster management professionals, nominated and partly funded by OCHA and member governments. Singapore also co-hosted the Asia-Pacific Conference on Military Assistance to Disaster Relief Operations (APC-MADRO) in October 2006.
Recent statements by the Singapore Mission and relevant press material on our activities at the OCHA are listed below: