14 February 2011

The Logistics Cluster has been re-activated in Sri Lanka following severe flooding.

Due to heavy rains the water levels in rivers and irrigation tanks surged and it is thought that tens of thousands of people have lost their homes and livelihoods, in particular in low lying lands and areas adjacent to rivers and tanks.

In response to the flooding the Logistics Cluster conducted extensive road transport assessments in the east and north east of the country to determine the most efficient way to reach the flood affected communes. It was found that there is sufficient private sector transport capacity for relief operations in the area with minor assistance need from the WFP Sri Lanka fleet.There are government warehouses in most of the affected areas. However, there is a possible shortage of fuel in the area due to difficulties in reaching some of the fuel stations, some of which are totally... READ MORE

11 February 2011

WFP’s Special Operation 10342.2 changes name from UNJLC to World Food Programme Logistics Coordination Unit

WFP’s Special Operation 10342.2 changes name from UNJLC to World Food Programme Logistics Coordination Unit

Background

In 2003, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) established a Special Operation 10342.2 which later took on the name United Nations Joint Logistics Center (UNJLC). In 2004, UNJLC and its partners established the Non Food Items (NFI) Common Pipeline, approved by the Country Team as an interim solution in order to fill a perceived gap in this sector.

In 2005 the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) endorsed the application of the “cluster approach” as part of wider reforms aimed at improving the quality, predictability and accountability of humanitarian response. In accordance with the Cluster Approach, a natural merger of the UNJLC and the Logistics Cluster functions took place at the global level, with... READ MORE