MENU: 25 Years of UNDAC

Photo: OCHA/Stewart Davies

Photo: DND-MDN/Ariane Montambeault

Photo: UNDAC/José Luis German

Number of missions since 1993


Individuals deployed since 1993


Affected countries since 1993


Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

“UNDAC is a brotherhood and sisterhood which shares the same passion – to help those who need it.”

– Martin Gomez, National UNDAC member from Argentina

Photo: UNDAC

“UNDAC is needed now more than ever”

– Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General & Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator

Photo: UNDAC

Number of deployments

84 members and 28 support staff in 2017

Types of missions

13 missions to over 12 countries in 2017

Forest fires
Tropical Cyclone

Deployment locations in 2017

Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

“UNDAC is like a Swiss Army knife – a multi-tool that we can use for all types of international emergency disaster responses”

– Rolf Bakken, National UNDAC member from Norway

Photo: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

January 2010

Haiti Earthquake

On 12 January 2010 at 4.53 p.m. local time, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti with devastating effects. The impact led to widespread destruction in the capital, Port-au-Prince, where many buildings collapsed.

Responding to Haitian Government call to help coordinate relief operations, a 10-member UNDAC team arrived in Haiti within 24 hours. The team immediately set up an OSOCC to coordinate incoming aid and an RDC at the airport to organize incoming USAR teams. Five clusters (shelter, food, WASH, health and logistics) were activated within hours of the earthquake and began coordinating within their respective fields.

By the end of the two-week mission, the UNDAC team had established a coordination platform for the incoming relief aid. It also coordinated the work of the 60 USAR teams that saved more than 130 lives and provided medical support to thousands of people.