Humanitarian emergency relief in the UN system: challenges and risks

Humanitarian emergency relief in the UN system: challenges and risks
// Pathways to Peace and Security. 2018. no 1(54) Special Issue: Humanitarian Challenges, Humanitarian Support and Human Protection in Armed Conflicts. Edited by Ekaterina Stepanova, . P. 239-248


DOI: 10.20542/2307-1494-2018-1-239-248

Kharitonova, Elena
Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations
23 Profsoyuznaya ul., Moscow 117997 Russia
ekharit@imemo.ru



Abstract

The article focuses on the historical background and current state of the UN system of humanitarian agencies responsible for emergency relief and humanitarian aid in response to natural disasters and conflicts. Major stages of the system’s development and reform are identified, including initiatives to improve coordination of aid between the UN agencies, national governments and international humanitarian organizations. The author highlights a number of challenges and risks to current international humanitarian aid system. They stem from transformation of the international relations, growing information pressures and the specifics of the UN agencies’ funding system. 


Keywords

humanitarian aid, emergency relief, development assistance, UN system, UN High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), UNICEF, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), Middle East 


For citation:

Kharitonova E. Humanitarian emergency relief in the UN system: challenges and risks. Pathways to Peace and Security, 2018, no 1(54) Special Issue: Humanitarian Challenges, Humanitarian Support and Human Protection in Armed Conflicts. Edited by Ekaterina Stepanova, , pp. 239-248. DOI: 10.20542/2307-1494-2018-1-239-248