With snow reported in parts of Afghanistan, United Nations aid agencies and their partners are racing to provide food and other relief supplies to vulnerable people in desperate need of assistance, UN officials said today.
Despite an infusion of more than $19 million over the weekend, cash contributions for the first phase of operations to help people fleeing Afghanistan still fall far short of what is needed, the United Nations refugee agency said today.
As United Nations aid agencies rush relief supplies to war-torn and drought-stricken Afghanistan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other UN officials are warning that the coming winter could spell even greater danger for the country's beleaguered civilians.
Welcoming the release of four Afghan aid workers, a top United Nations relief official urged the Taliban, who had detained the staff, to improve "in real terms" the working environment for humanitarian personnel in Afghanistan.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a multi-million dollar appeal to provide emergency relief food to hundreds of thousands of Eritreans whose lives have been devastated by three successive years of drought and consequent crop failure.
A group of 42 leading humanitarian and development organizations working in Kenya has urged governments and donors to support the $89 million appeal launched in February by the Kenyan Government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
As a result of its highly efficient Internet-based system for materials management, the procurement office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been selected to help distribute $50 million worth of tuberculosis drugs, the agency announced today.