humanitarian action

UNFPA remains committed to reducing suffering and saving lives in humanitarian crises, with a focus on leaving no woman or young person behind. We are linking humanitarian action with efforts for sustainable development, contributing to peacebuilding and supporting countries to strengthen systems and capacities.

Global Support for Humanitarian Action

UNFPA’s humanitarian action on the ground, including rapid emergency response and preparedness and recovery efforts, is supported by regional and headquarter offices.

Operational support for humanitarian programmes and interventions is provided in human resources, safety and security, supplies and logistics, finance and administration, and resource mobilization. Humanitarian programme support is provided for global cluster/sector coordination, partnerships, quality programming, policy and guidance, results-based management, communications and advocacy.

In 2021, the Humanitarian Office and regional offices coordinated and facilitated the scaling up of humanitarian action, particularly in high profile

emergencies such as Afghanistan, the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, Yemen, Haiti, Mozambique, Syria and Central Sahel.

The globally-led Humanitarian Capacity Development Initiative – to advance UNFPA humanitarian action – set the path for improvements in supply chain management, human resources for readiness and emergency response, and standards, policies and guidance.

Looking Ahead

By 2025, UNFPA’s goal in humanitarian action is to strengthen the capacity of critical actors and systems for preparedness, early action and the provision of life-saving interventions related to SRH and GBV that are timely, integrated, conflict- and climate-sensitive and peace-responsive.

Global support programmes continue strengthening UNFPA’s leadership role in GBV, SRH and reproductive rights, and data systems in line with the clear vision and accountability of humanitarian assistance in the Strategic Plan 2022–2025.

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