New GNC-ECHO funds to improve coordination

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UNICEF-EU partnership helps to improve coordination of life-saving nutrition interventions in large-scale emergencies around the world

BRUSSELS/GENEVA, 30 October 2014 – The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) received a €2 million donation from the European Commission to ensure surge support to effectively coordinate nutrition interventions in large-scale emergencies and chronic crises. The GNC is an international body led by UNICEF designed to support better coordinated responses to nutritional crises across the world. It is made up of a coalition of the main charitable organisations and the United Nations agencies involved in the sector with critical financial support from the European Commission and other donors.

“Coordination of the partners working better together in nutrition in humanitarian situations under the lead of UNICEF is vital for ensuring timely and effective delivery of emergency nutrition interventions to the population in need”, said Henrike Trautmann, Head of Specific Thematic Policies Unit in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

Untitled-4The GNC maintains its surge capacity to support large-scale emergencies through the Rapid Response Team (RRT) – a partnership between five members of the GNC, managing the surge capacity: Action Against Hunger—International, International Medical Corps, Save the Children—United Kingdom, UNICEF and World Vision International. The purpose of the team is to increase support to ensure the effective coordination of live saving nutrition activities during emergencies, to help prevent duplication of activities, to maximise resources and help provide the best services for affected populations.  The team consists of six experienced nutrition professionals who are deployable to countries in crisis on very short notice, and are also providing support to other national clusters.

“In large scale emergencies and chronic crises, nutrition interventions are life-saving,” said Sikander Khan, UNICEF Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Programmes in Geneva. “The nutrition cluster plays a key role in the field to ensure a well prioritized and coordinated nutrition response so that the most vulnerable, including children, are reached as quickly as possible. This funding will help the GNC to kick-start the cluster arrangements and effectively respond in emergency situations, with the support from UNICEF as cluster-led and all the GNC members.”

Currently, 12 emergency nutrition coordination mechanisms are active around the world to coordinate emergency nutrition responses, such as in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

About UNICEF

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. UNICEF is the cluster-lead agency for Nutrition worldwide. The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) was established in 2006 as part of the Humanitarian Reform process, which aimed to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response programmes by ensuring greater predictability, accountability and partnership. To know more about the EU-UNICEF Partnership for Children visit www.unicef.org/eu/

About the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

The European Commission funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts around the world. The Commission’s assistance relies on the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. The European Commission is among UNICEF’s largest humanitarian donors. In 2013 alone, it provided almost €100 million for UNICEF projects to help children.

For more information, please contact:

Catherine Ray, European Commission Spokesperson Brussels, + 32 2 296 99 21, catherine.ray@ec.europa.eu
Irina Novakova, European Commission Press Officer Brussels, +32 2 295 75 17, irina.novakova@ec.europa.eu
Rebekka Opfermann, UNICEF Brussels, +32 2 5050 106, ropfermann@unicef.org
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, +1917 209 1804, nmekki@unicef.org

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