With more than 135 million crisis-affected people across the globe in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations today opened a data centre that will give aid organizations and relief workers access to vital information they need to make responsible and informed decisions.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday called for $1 billion in donor contributions to the Organization’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – a pool of funding that supports critical relief operations in crises around the world – as humanitarian needs have increased from $5.2 billion in 2005 to over $24 billion today.
The lack of aid deliveries to Syria’s most desperate communities and a continuing veto on the evacuation of hundreds of extremely sick civilians feel like a personal “failure”, a senior humanitarian adviser to the UN said on Thursday.
New head of UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, speaks to UN News about why he accepted the post, his first weeks on the job, and what he hopes to accomplish during his tenure.
Pervasive levels of poverty, protracted conflicts and complex humanitarian emergencies have led to stagnation in reducing the global out-of-school rate over the past decade, prompting the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to call for more investments.
Drone technology appears to be taking off at the United Nations, with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being used for various purposes, including in humanitarian, development and peacekeeping operations.
On World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations and its partners are calling on all global leaders to do everything in their power to protect people caught up in conflict, and to stand with the health and aid workers who risk their lives to help them.
Civilians in conflict are not a target, top United Nations officials today stressed at a special event marking World Humanitarian Day, which honours aid workers and pays homage to those killed in service, while also drawing attention to the millions of people today living in war zones.