UN OCHA: UN Relief Chief calls for boost in humanitarian assistance

UN OCHA: UN Relief Chief calls for boost in humanitarian assistance
15 June 2024

In his address during the Call for Action: Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza, Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, expressed profound appreciation to His Majetsy King Abdullah II ib Al Hussein of Jordan, President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt, and other esteemeed participatnts for their commitment to addressing the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. Griffiths emphasized the gravity of the crisis, highlighting its profound impact on the lives of Palestinians and the urgent need for concerted  action. He echoed the sentiments of previous speakers, including calls for an immediate and permanent ceasefire to alleviate the suffering of civilians in Gaza. Griffiths provided a comprehensive overview of the discussion held in three seperate working gorups, each focusing on distinct apsects of the humanitarian repsonse. The first group deliberated on the pressing humanitarian needs in Gaza and emphasized the importance of ensuring the smooth flow of aid into the region. Participants underscored the critical role of operational coordination mechanisms and stressed the necessity of open crossingss to facilitate the delivery of essential supplies and personnel. Griffiths commended the efforts of humanitarian actors on the ground and reiterated the urgent need for full funding of the UN Flash Appeal for Gaza. The second working group addressed challenges related to ceasefire implementation and the protection of civilians. Griffiths highlighted the devastating impact of the conflict on Gaza's infrastructure and underscored the need for immediate measures to address the humanitarian fallout. Participants emphasized the importance of removing obstacles to aid delivery, including unexploded ordnance and damaged infrastructure. Griffiths reaffirmed the essential role of UNRWA in providign vital services to the population and called for enhanced support for the agency's efforts. Lastly, Griffiths outlined the discussions of the third working group, which focused on early recovery priorities in Gaza. Participants recognized the immense scale of destruction in the region and emphasized the importance of planning for reconstruction and recovery efforts. Griffiths underscored the need for comprehensive plans to restore essential services, provide shelter, and support livelihoods in Gaza. He emphasized the critical role of UNRWA in the early recovery phase and called for sustained international support to address the long-term needs of the population. In conclusion, Griffiths reiterated the imperative of collective action to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and urged all stakeholders to support the follow-up actions identified during the conference. He emphasized the importance of harnessing collective humanity to bring relief to the people of Gaza and called for sustained efforts to achieve lasting peace and stability in the region. 

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