With the onset of winter, UN agencies race to assist Afghans in dire need of aid

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.

UN reports continued shortfall in funding for Afghanistan emergency

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.

Coming winter spells grave danger for Afghan civilians, UN warns

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.

Top UN relief official urges Taliban to improve working conditions for aid staff

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.

UN food agency launches multi-million dollar appeal for aid to Eritrea

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.

Leading aid agencies rally in support of UN appeal to feed millions in Kenya

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).

New UN-developed web technology cuts cost of aid business

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.