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UNHRD Network Year in Review 2015
The UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) Network is made up of six strategically located depots
Brindisi (Italy), Dubai (UAE), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Las Palmas (Espana), Accra (Ghana), Panama
that procure, store and rapidly transport emergency supplies for the humanitarian community

ROMA (Italy) - The year 2015 began at a running pace with UNHRD supporting Partners as they responded to emergencies across the globe, from the Ebola Outbreak, the earthquake in Nepal, and flooding in Myanmar to ongoing crises in Syria, South Sudan, Iraq and Yemen. Seven new organizations joined the Network, bringing the number of Partners to 72. In addition, UNHRD partnered with governments and regional bodies to coordinate preparedness and response efforts; our team at the LAB collaborated closely with Partners in the field, Clusters and industry suppliers to provide the best specifications for field items; the Global Partnership for Emergency Preparedness (GPEP) project worked to strengthen partnerships with National Disaster Management Offices; UNHRD was officially certified as an ECHO Humanitarian Procurement Center; and emergency preparedness trainings were held at four of the UNHRD depots.


With a strong field presence in over 75 countries and more than 50 years of expertise in procurement and logistics, WFP must partner with governments, the private sector, humanitarian organizations and development agencies alike. WFP’s Supply Chain enables all actors working to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – whether it’s a National Disaster Management Authority, a humanitarian partner, an agribusiness, or a collective of 20,000 smallholder farmers. Within the WFP Supply Chain Services, UNHRD’s core operations remain preparedness and response. With emergencies increasing in frequency and intensity and more Partners joining the Network, 2015 highlighted the importance for UNHRD to gear up. In line with our 2014-2017 Strategy, UNHRD took steps to best serve its 73 Partners by optimizing its hubs’ capacities, upskilling staff, and strengthening supply solutions.

2015 began at a running pace with UNHRD supporting Partners as they responded to emergencies across the globe. In addition, UNHRD partnered with governments and regional bodies to secure preparedness standards and coordinate efforts. Our team at the LAB collaborated closely with Partners in the field, Clusters and industry suppliers to provide the best specifications for field items; the Global Partnership for Emergency Preparedness (GPEP) project encouraged partnerships with National Disaster Management Offices; and emergency preparedness trainings were held at four of the UNHRD depots. Now as part of WFP’s new Supply Chain division, UNHRD looks forward to the coming year with a focus on improving the entire process of end-to-end planning, procuring and delivering assistance.

Through a range of common supply chain services, WFP supports the humanitarian community to deliver assistance in a more coherent, cost and time-effective way. By leveraging economies of scale, WFP reduces expenditures arising from humanitarian needs, including transport services, such as shared cargo flights or consolidated sea freight.
In turn, Partners benefit from these supply chain efficiencies and operational savings and the dollars of donors are maximized. My sincere gratitude and appreciation goes out to our valuable donors, Partners, depot managers and staff who guarantee the continuous growth and development of the UNHRD Network. This dedicated support means we are able to quickly reach those most in need with what they need most. (Pierre Honnorat - UNHRD Network Coordinator)

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