UN seeks $7 billion in humanitarian aid for 2009, by far its largest ever appeal

The United Nations today launched its largest ever annual humanitarian appeal, seeking $7 billion for urgent aid to 30 million people in 31 countries, dwarfing by far last year's call for $3.8 billion for 25 million people.

Humanitarian situation in Somalia in serious decline as security worsens, warns UN chief

The deteriorating security situation in Somalia poses a serious threat to the delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of desperate people in the Horn of Africa country, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned in his latest report to the Security Council today.