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Confronting conflicts, disasters, UN launches largest ever humanitarian appeal at $20.1 billion

Warning that global suffering has reached levels not seen in a generation, the United Nations and its partners today launched their largest ever humanitarian appeal, calling for 20.1 billion life-saving dollars for 2016, even as the 2015 appeal posts the largest funding gap on record – $10.2 billion.

World must ‘act with collective humanity’ to address growing humanitarian needs – Ban

As preparations continue for next year’s World Humanitarian Summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for all actors to work together to address the growing needs around the globe which are due to a number of factors but mainly driven by armed conflict.

Call centre provides lifeline to displaced people in Iraq

A call centre has been established in Iraq to provide a humanitarian lifeline for millions of people escaping ongoing fighting in the country.

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INTERVIEW: “At the end of the day, every life saved is an achievement in itself.” – UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien

Stephen O'Brien has hit the ground running since taking up his post a couple of months ago as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, having seen first-hand the devastation wrought by ongoing conflicts in South Sudan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

The British national with more than 20 years of experience in international development and public health understands the many complexities of humanitarian assistance, which range from ensuring food, shelter and safe drinking water to appreciating the psychological trauma experienced by those affected and the importance of providing hope.

‘Each one of us can make a difference,’ Ban declares as UN marks World Humanitarian Day

With hundreds of millions of Facebook and Twitter feeds set to be devoted to stories from survivors of humanitarian crises as part of a massive digital storytelling campaign launched by the United Nations and its partners, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon kicked off World Humanitarian Day with a reminder that “each one of us can make a difference” and “ help create a more humane world.”

UN launches #ShareHumanity campaign spotlighting humanitarian crises around the globe

The United Nations relief arm has launched a call for millions of people around the world to drastically change their social media feeds and share captivating tale of humanitarian heroism ahead of this year's World Humanitarian Day.

At Oslo forum, Ban warns capacity to meet humanitarian needs under ‘unprecedented strain’

The capacity of the United Nations and its partners to meet humanitarian needs is under “unprecedented strain,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today at a forum in Oslo, Norway, where he highlight the critical role civil society plays as part of the global effort to save lives, support livelihoods and protect people from violence.

Latest UN humanitarian report reveals surge in financing needs for relief efforts

Amid a widespread diffusion of conflicts and crises across the globe, an increasing amount of funding is now required to respond to the world’s growing humanitarian calamities, according to the latest report released today by the United Nations’ relief arm.

In Ireland, UN’s Ban says strong cooperation key to overcoming global challenges

Amid an explosion of world conflicts, humanitarian crises and human rights challenges, the international community is enduring a “time of test” which demands strong global cooperation and bold action, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today affirmed.

UN chief appoints expert panel to address humanitarian funding shortfalls

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a high-level United Nations panel to address the yawning gap between resources and financing for the world’s ever-pressing humanitarian efforts.