On 25 April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal affecting 8 million people and damaging 530,000 houses. IOM is appealing for a total of 31 million USD to coordinate and manage camps, to provide shelter and non-food items, to provide health and psychosocial support, to protect the affected community and to begin early recovery efforts.
Please see the IOM Nepal Earthquake Appeal here and how you can help here.
Yemen Emergency Appeal
The situation in Yemen is deteriorating rapidly. Fighting between the Houthi militant group and forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi have intensified in recent weeks. To date, IOM has received requests to support the humanitarian evacuation of over 11,000 nationals from 22 governments. Overall funding required 10M USD.
IOM, through its Office of the Permanent Observer to the United Nations, has continued to be involved in the United Nations process of establishing a global development agenda building on the Millennium Development Goals, which expire in 2015.
The first global summit on humanitarian action of this size and scope, it will be held in Istanbul in May 2016. The goal of this summit is to bring the global community together to commit to new ways of working together to save lives and reduce hardship around the globe. IOM is engaging in the process to ensure that the outcomes are beneficial for migrants and displaced persons.
PLURAL+ is a youth-produced video festival which encourages young people to explore migration, diversity and social inclusion, and to share their creative vision with the world. A joint initiative of IOM and UNAOC, PLURAL+ recognizes youth as powerful agents of social change, and supports cooperative efforts to reduce tensions in a world often characterized by conflict and division.
IOM's Office of Permanent Observer to the United Nations hosts meetings at the United Nations Head Quarters and IOM offices throughout the year with the aim of raising the profile of migration-related issues among member states and other actors at the United Nations.