What is OCHA ?
- Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crisis. It advocates for effective and principled humanitarian action by all, for all.
OCHA was established by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 46/182 (1991) as a core part of the United Nations Secretariat. Its 2,100 staff members are working at the headquarters based in New York and Geneva as well as in over 50 locations worldwide. Japan is an important partner to OCHA, supporting its activities around the world.
Message from the OCHA Kobe Office
OCHA aspires to a world that comes together to help crisis-affected people rapidly get the humanitarian assistance they need.
It works to overcome obstacles that impede humanitarian assistance from reaching people affected by crises, and it provides leadership in mobilizing assistance and resources on behalf of the humanitarian system. Its added value is as an honest broker, facilitator, thought leader and global advocate, providing support to the humanitarian system.
OCHA has enjoyed strong ties with Japan, with two Japanese nationals having led the organization as Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The presence in Kobe was established as the ReliefWeb Asia Hub in 2001. It was later reprofiled to a Humanitarian Advisory Team following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
We value years of collaboration and support from Japan – the Government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), NGOs, the Japanese Red Cross, researchers, the private sector, and individual citizens. OCHA will continue to work closely with the Government of Japan and the people of Japan to ensure crisis-affected people receive the assistance and protection they need.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Kobe Office
Disaster Reduction Museum East 5F, 1-5-2, Wakinohama-Kaigandori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, 651-0073, Japan
Tel：078-262-5555 ／ Fax：078-262-5558
http://www.unocha.org/japan (OCHA Kobe)