At mid-year, UN still needs $3.1 billion for humanitarian action

Six months after the United Nations launched its 2006 Humanitarian Appeal aimed at raising funds for relief efforts globally, the world body and its partners still require $3.1 billion to address the urgent needs of 30 million people struck by crisis in 31 countries.

UN emergency head highlights difficulties in getting aid to Somalia, Darfur and Gaza

Highlighting the difficulties in getting urgent humanitarian aid to the civilian populations of conflict-ravaged Somalia, Darfur and Gaza, the top United Nations emergency relief official today called for greater access and protection for humanitarian workers and more assistance for those in need.