Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA)

Name Mr. Yasushi Akashi
Position Under-Secretary General
Address Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Genève 10
Phone +41-22-917 12 34
Fax +41-22-717 00 23

Activity summary:

In 1992, the UN General-Secretary established a new Department of Humanitarian Affairs responsible for coordination of humanitarian assistance in armed conflict, mobilisation and coordination of international emergency relief to disaster stricken areas, as well as pre-disaster planning and prevention.
The UN General Assembly set out the basic principles for humanitarian assistance using the four instruments for coordination: the Office of the Emergency Relief Coordinator, the General Emergency Revolving Fund, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee and the Consolidated Appeals process.