Afghanistan: UN finds security in Mazar-i-Sharif 'fragile but improving'

The security situation in the key Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif is "fragile but improving," paving the way for the return of international relief personnel, a United Nations spokesman said today.

UN agency launches first food airlift from Tajikistan into Afghanistan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched its first air operation from Tajikistan into Afghanistan in an effort to bring urgently needed aid to more than 274,000 desperately hungry people in remote locations across the northeastern part of the country.

Humanitarian logistics systems must improve to be effective, UN panel says

Humanitarian supply logistics systems must be effectively coordinated in order to better help people in disasters or emergency situations, a panel of experts assembled by various United Nations relief agencies has concluded.

Security Council continues debate on humanitarian situation in Iraq

Just days before the current phase of the United Nations humanitarian "oil-for-food" programme for Iraq is set to expire, speakers in the Security Council today continued to debate the issue in open session.