Support Emergency Relief Efforts

The UN System provides relief in the case of a natural disaster or humanitarian emergency by bringing together civil society, business and other actors to coordinate action, advocate for the needs of affected groups and by promoting solutions for preparedness and prevention. To learn more about how the UN system mobilizes various stakeholders to provide emergency relief click here .

Business engagement in emergency relief is critical as the private sector can bring necessary technical expertise and add capacity in low-resourced situations. Business can provide support in several ways including, in-kind support; cash donations; reconstruction and long-term development support.

Below you will find the most recent emergencies for which support is needed.

The UN is also launching the Connecting Business Initiative. As a result of global consultations across the world, more than 900 companies voiced a demand for a mechanism to coordinate and build capacity for strategic private sector involvement in disaster risk reduction, crisis preparedness and response and recovery. In response to this, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), together with key partners from the private sector and governments, are launching the Connecting Business Initiative at the World Humanitarian Summit. The initiative increases the scale and effectiveness of private sector engagement in a coordinated manner and builds capacity through local business networks. Read more about how you can contribute and join the initiative at