The Netherlands has promised to provide the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs euro5 million (USD6.8 million) per year from 2011 to 2012.
According to a Jan. 27 press release from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dutch Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen made the pledge during a meeting with Valerie Amos, head of OCHA, on an unspecified date. The pledge likewise involves a Dutch contribution of euro1 million to UNICEF for efforts to stem the spread of cholera in Haiti.
“OCHA is faced with the challenge of responding yet faster and more efficiently to any new disaster by sending its own experts and experienced personnel to disaster areas,” Knapen said. “But also by ensuring that other parts of the UN and the various aid agencies work well together.”
As reported by Devex on Jan. 24, OCHA aims to speed up its disaster response in 2011.
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