UN humanitarian chief says initial pledges for proposed fund total $150 million

The initial pledges today for a proposed United Nations humanitarian emergency fund totalled $150 million out of the $500 million needed to reform emergency financing and the fund may be launched early next year, subject to General Assembly approval, UN emergency coordinator Jan Egeland said.

Top UN relief official calls for major changes in world humanitarian efforts

The top United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland today called for a major upgrade in the world body’s humanitarian assistance program, and urged public and private cooperation in the fight against the root causes of disaster, conflict and injustice.