The United Nations Humanitarian Response Depots (UNHRD) form a global network of depots that procure, store and rapidly transport emergency supplies for the humanitarian community. Managed by the World Food Programme (WFP), they enable humanitarian actors to pre-position and stockpile relief items and equipment for swift delivery in emergency situations.
The network manages strategic stocks of relief items – medical kits, shelter gear, ready-to-use foods and more – on behalf of a growing number of organizations, both inside and outside the UN system. Its depots are located in six strategic positions around the globe, in Italy (Brindisi), Ghana (Accra), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Panama (Panama City), Spain (Las Palmas) and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai). These locations have been chosen for their transport connections and proximity to disaster-prone areas. When an emergency occurs, this pro-active positioning allows relief items to be dispatched within 48 hours upon request of partners.
In addition to its capacity for immediate mobilisation, UNHRD offers a wide range of other benefits and services to its partners. These include harmonised quality standards, a cost efficient single-platform approach for procurement and deployment and centralised support throughout the humanitarian supply chain. Logistics experts are available as Rapid Response Teams (RRT) for immediate deployment to affected areas, where they can assist in receiving supplies, establishing temporary warehouses and setting up staging areas. Additionally, the UNHRD network provides training facilities in four hubs.
How to Access WFP’s Services
WFP’s sourcing experts secure the most cost-efficient, high-quality products, within the set time-frame. Through UNHRD, UN agencies, governments and NGOs can also access emergency stockpiles and relief item pre-positioning services.