As devastating natural disasters continue around the world, the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) continues to expand its scope. The "About us" section of the website clearly explains their role and goals for countries when an emergency or disaster strikes. Visitors will find that the "History of OCHA" paragraph explains the principles upon which it exists, per a 1991 mandate: "Responsibility for people affected by emergency lies...with their respective states." It goes on to note that "States...are expected to facilitate the work of responding organizations. Humanitarian assistance must be linked to the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality and impartiality." The "In Focus" section presents topics of import to those who require humanitarian assistance, and to those who engage in such assistance. Visitors have a wide range of formats to choose from which to get information--video, audio, photos, as well as field reports and policy analysis. Also, visitors are encouraged to sign up for updates via RSS feed or email alerts.
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