UN humanitarian chief says initial pledges for proposed fund total $150 million

The initial pledges today for a proposed United Nations humanitarian emergency fund totalled $150 million out of the $500 million needed to reform emergency financing and the fund may be launched early next year, subject to General Assembly approval, UN emergency coordinator Jan Egeland said.

Top UN relief official calls for major changes in world humanitarian efforts

The top United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland today called for a major upgrade in the world body’s humanitarian assistance program, and urged public and private cooperation in the fight against the root causes of disaster, conflict and injustice.

UN's task is to prevent human suffering, Annan tells Security Council

The Security Council's caseload of war-torn countries has spotlighted the need for the United Nations to pre-empt crises and to ensure that its peacebuilding efforts include long-term engagement and ways to help strengthen institutions that provide security and justice based on the rule of law, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Senior UN relief official receives humanitarian award

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland has been recognized for his work as a humanitarian worker and peace broker on behalf of victims worldwide.

Security Council voices concern over Africa's humanitarian emergencies

The United Nations Security Council today expressed its deep concern over troubling humanitarian situations in many parts of Africa and, recognizing that the efforts to turn back such crises were often under-funded, stressed the need for the prompt and predictable provision of resources and relief aid.

Recent humanitarian appeals for Africa receive much less than expected, Security Council told

Nearly four-fifths of the recent United Nations humanitarian appeals have addressed African problems, but the response has been slow to nearly non-existent, the chief of the UN humanitarian office told the Security Council today.