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Many aid groups unable to manage war zone risks, says UN-backed report

Humanitarian aid workers want to help people in some of the biggest war zones, but extreme risks and threats are paralyzing their operations, a United Nations-backed report today concluded.

Donors pledge over $400 million for UN rapid humanitarian response fund

Donors pledged $404.6 million for the United Nations fund that enables the quick delivery of life-saving humanitarian aid to those who need it most around the world, responding to an appeal by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the world body’s top relief official.

Sudan and UN sign four-year development assistance plan

The Sudanese Government today signed an agreement with United Nations agencies operating in the country on a four-year aid plan covering peacebuilding, governance and the rule of law, employment, education and health care as well as other services.

UN agency calls for urgent aid as millions face starvation in the Horn of Africa

Millions of people are on the brink of starvation in the Horn of Africa because of droughts and conflict, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today, as it called for urgent humanitarian assistance for the impoverished region.

UN food agency fears Kenyans needing food aid will double to 2.5 million

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is sending an emergency team to drought-stricken areas of Kenya this week to pinpoint how many more people in this Eastern African nation need food aid.

Starvation looms over refugees in Zambia as lack of funds forces aid cuts – UN

Faced with severe shortages of food and funding, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) this week began slashing by half its food rations to refugees in Zambia so it can stretch existing provisions over the next two months.

Food aid in crises should also aim for longer-term self-reliance – UN

Food distribution in natural or man-made emergencies should be combined with actions to improve self-reliance in food production, according to a new United Nations publication released today aimed at drawing up a long-term perspective to food insecurity and malnutrition during periods of crisis and recovery.

UN team heads to eastern Chad to help relocate Sudanese refugees

A six-member team from the United Nations refugee agency is headed to eastern Chad to help relocate tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees from insecure areas near the border with Sudan.

UN to launch over $3 billion humanitarian appeal to help 50 million people in 2003

The United Nations today announced plans to ask donors for more than $3 billion to help some 50 million people with humanitarian needs in 2003.

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.