UN, European Commission launch guidelines for relief work in crises

The United Nations and the European Commission today launched new guidelines for the use of military assets in humanitarian emergencies, stressing the impartiality of relief operations and the main tasks and responsibilities required in disaster situations.

Norway’s Red Cross chief named UN humanitarian relief coordinator

The head of the Norwegian Red Cross today was named as the new United Nations official in charge of coordinating the world body’s humanitarian efforts around the world.

Only one-third of $5.34 billion needed received so far in UN appeal for crisis countries

The United Nations consolidated appeals for countries in crisis has so far received only one-third of the $5.34 billion needed for life-sustaining operations in 2003, according to a mid-year review by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).