UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

unct-ye-ocha-vist-image-2016Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien during a field visit in Yemen (Photo: Philippe Kropf, OCHA)


OCHA’s mission is to alleviate human suffering through the coordination of effective and principled humanitarian action; advocating on behalf of affected people; collecting, analyzing and sharing information with partners and the public, and mobilizing and organizing humanitarian funding.

Every year, OCHA develops the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) together with humanitarian UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, as well as national and international NGOs, which guides all humanitarian action based on the humanitarian principles, and identifies needs and priorities.

In 2016, the YHRP requires US$1.8 billion to assist 13.6 million vulnerable women, men, girls, and boys, out of the over 21 million people in Yemen that are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.

The strategic objectives of the YHRP are to save lives, protect civilians, promote equitable access to assistance, and to ensure that humanitarian action supports resilience and sustainable recovery.

After the escalation of the crisis in March 2015, OCHA was at the forefront helping coordinate the emergency response for nearly nine million people across the country until the end of the year. The country office in Sana’a is fully operational, with additional staff based in Jordan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. OCHA’s office in Yemen was established in 2010 and supports the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen.