The United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) is a global network of hubs that procures, stores and rapidly transports emergency supplies for the humanitarian community. Managed by the World Food Programme (WFP), UNHRD enables humanitarian actors to pre-position and stockpile relief items and support equipment for swift delivery in emergency situations.
The network manages strategic stocks such as medical kits, shelter gear, ready-to-use foods, logistics equipment and more – on behalf of a growing number of organizations, both inside and outside the UN system. Hubs strategically located 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 pre-positioning allows relief items to be dispatched within 48 hours upon request of partners.
In addition to its capacity for immediate mobilization, UNHRD offers a wide range of other benefits and services to its partners. From market research, testing and procurement of relief items to storage, transportation, installation of equipment and capacity building, UNHRD offers its partners economies of scale, stock loaning and borrowing, access to unbranded stocks, greater coordination and shared means of transport during emergencies. Additionally, the UNHRD network provides training facilities in four hubs.
For more detailed information, please see UNHRD.org