CANADEM is a Canadian Stand-by Partner to United Nations agencies during rapid-onset humanitarian emergencies and disasters
As a standby partner, CANADEM is responding to rapid Humanitarian Relief Efforts such as those in the Philippines, as well as to the ongoing conflict in Syria.
Alongside these rapid-onset emergencies, we also support humanitarian efforts in protracted crises in areas such as Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq.
CANADEM will continue to work with our UN and international Partners to respond to these crises through the generous contributions from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and the Department for International Development (DFID).
CANADEM Responds to Humanitarian Relief Efforts in the Philippines
CANADEM is responding to the humanitarian crisis in the Philippines through the rapid deployment of Humanitarian Relief Experts in Response to Typhoon Haiyen. On 8-November-2013, Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 tropical storm, swept through the Philippines, a densely populated country of 92 million people, wreaking devastation in 36 provinces. Many cities and towns experienced widespread destruction, with as much as 90 per cent of housing destroyed in some areas.
Since November, 14.1 million people have been affected by the typhoon and 4.1 million have been displaced as a result. The international community continues to provide relief effort throughout the country. Distribution of emergency food-aid will continue up to May 2014, camp coordination and management has been provided to emergency shelters and camps across the country, and learning supplies and materials have been provided to children. Notwithstanding these efforts, the situation in the Philippines continues to be critical.
CANADEM Responds to the Ongoing Conflict in Syria
In 2011, a series of demonstrations throughout Syria led to an ongoing armed conflict between Government Forces and rebel groups that quickly spread to all countries in the region. Humanitarian actors became involved in order to assist the internally displaced population in Syria, as well as the millions of refugees in neighbouring countries. To date, the total number of registered Syrian refugees with UNHCR has reached over 2.3 million.
As a response to the crisis, rapid humanitarian assistance from humanitarian actors and agencies has been provided, and these efforts will continue in 2014. CANADEM has so far deployed 5 Experts to neighbouring countries in order to assist with the humanitarian crisis.
Established in 1996, CANADEM is a non-profit agency dedicated to advancing international peace and security through the rostering, rapid mobilization, and mission management of experts committed to international service.
CANADEM maintains a roster of over 20,000 experienced Canadian and international experts. Our end-users include the United Nations, the Canadian Government, inter-governmental organizations, other governments, and non-governmental entities of all kinds.
Our operations range from individual recruitments and deployments, to complex program-management and mission-management including election observation, humanitarian assistance, and governance capacity-building.
CANADEM's Roster of Experts is the only roster worldwide whose primary mandate is to assist United Nations recruitment. Read more.
CANADEM comprises 3 primary divisions: