Long standing relationships with the United Nations strengthened even further

IHP has successfully supported the emergency response of the United Nations since the mid 90’s. In January 2013 steps towards strengthened partnerships were taken when declarations of intents on strengthened cooperation were signed with the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The official ceremonies were held in Geneva with representatives from all the member states of IHP. Meetings were held with the Emergency Relief Coordinator Ms Valery Amos and Director of the Emergency Services Branch Mr Rudi Muller at Palais de Nations, and at UNHCR Headquarters with the High Commissioner for Refugees Mr. Antonio Guterres and Director of Division of Emergency Security and Supply Mr. Amin Awad. Both OCHA and UNHCR expressed appreciation for the support provided by IHP and highlighted the many challenges in the world and the need for strengthened collaboration with partners to enhance emergency response.