Representatives of governments from around the world are gathering at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday to pledge money to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
The ongoing crisis in the Sahel region of Africa was under the spotlight in the Security Council on Monday.
Renowned American-born opera singer Barbara Hendricks is the longest serving Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.
More than 500 people are reported to have been killed and hundreds more are missing after Typhoon Bopha devastated parts of southern Philippines.
“Celebrate volunteering!” is the theme of this year’s International Volunteer Day.
The situation in Syria is deteriorating on a daily basis, says Radhouane Nouicer of OCHA, the UN humanitarian agency.
A $1.3 billion humanitarian appeal for Somalia aims to respond to immediate humanitarian needs while enhancing resilience to drought, famine and other challenges.
South Sudan became the world’s newest nation when it gained independence in July 2011.
But nearly two years since that landmark, the country faces overwhelming challenges in areas such as food security, education and health.
Former South Sudanese refugees are now helping Sudanese refugees who have fled to their country.
The refugees have escaped fighting between the Sudanese army and armed rebel forces in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
Hurricane Sandy has been classified as the largest Atlantic tropical system on record. After cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean, it caused widespread damage to the east coast of the United States.
Gerry Adams reports.