The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reached a landmark agreement with the Government of Malaysia end of February 2010 to establish the first United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Asia, based in Subang, Malaysia.
The UNHRD in Subang, the fifth such hub in WFP’s global emergency response arsenal, is designed to deliver humanitarian relief items within 48 hours of a crisis occurring. It will provide storage, logistics support and services to UN and other humanitarian agencies within the Asian region, and possibly beyond. In addition to hosting the UNHRD, the Government of Malaysia has agreed to build offices, warehouses, and a training centre, as well as contribute US$1 million annually towards the running costs of the UNHRD network. WFP will also seek support from other Asian countries to support the UNHRD in Subang.
WFP operates UNHRDs around the world as part of its mandate to ensure effective logistics support to the humanitarian community. All bases are strategically located and are staffed with highly experienced personnel to ensure quick deployment of vital assets during crises. Other UNHRDs in the global network are: Italy – for Europe and North Africa; United Arab Emirates – to cover the Middle East and East Africa; Panama – to cover Latin America and the Caribbean; and Ghana – to cover West Africa. Although the bases are designed for regional specific responses, all are equipped to respond to crises anywhere in the world.
For further information, please visit www.wfp.org
Subang Air Base (TUDM)
Shah Alam 40000
Selangor D.E., Malaysia
Tel: +603-7846 0473 / 0918 / 0917
Fax: +603-7846 0920
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