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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

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  • July 29, 2020
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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – Role of international organizations 

About: 

  • OCHA is a United Nations (U.N.) body 
  • It was established in 1991 to strengthen the international response to complex emergencies and natural disasters  
  • It is the successor to the Office of the United Nations Disaster Relief Coordinator (UNDRO) 
  • OCHA’s mandate was subsequently broadened to include coordinating humanitarian response, policy development and humanitarian advocacy 
  • OCHA organized the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.  
  • It is a sitting observer in the United Nations Development Group. 
  • The headquarters is based in two locations (New York and Geneva) 

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