2014 was a difficult year for the humanitarian community throughout the world. Climate change; disease outbreaks; crises in Syria, Central African Republic, South Sudan, and Gaza; typhoons Yolanda and Ruby in the Philippines; and the Ebola outbreak in Africa are some of the major emergencies that required humanitarian actors' attention and challenged their response capacity. At the end of 2014, more than 51 million people were displaced worldwide, the highest level of displacement after the Second World War. During the year US$ 17.1 million was requested from donors to support response efforts.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, people struggled to cope with food insecurity, urban violence, increased migration and displacement, new epidemic outbreaks such as chikungunya, climate change and other threats. Preliminary data from CRED suggests that in 2014 about 4.5 million people were afected by disasters in America, which represents 4.8 per cent of the global total.
In 2014, the United Nations allocated close to $17.5 million in CERF funds (98%) and Emergency Cash grants (2%) to assist thousands of people affected by disasters in 10 countries in the LAC region.
OCHA supported Humanitarian Country Teams throughout the region to ensure effective response efforts to disasters and crises. OCHA also supported other regions by deploying staff members to aid response efforts to humanitarian crises in Djibouti, the Philippines and Iraq.
The support that OCHA has received from its partners and stakeholders is invaluable. We thank member states, regional and sub-regional organizations, United Nations agencies, international organizations, and cooperation agencies for their contribution in working together to save lives. We look forward to your continued support in the future.
This document provides a glimpse of the events in the region and OCHA's response efforts for 2014. It includes events and activities that marked an advance in the goal of improving coordination for an effective humanitarian response.