Annan seeks support so global emergency fund can reach $500 million

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to countries and other international donors to continuing funding the world body’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) next year so it reaches its goal of $500 million to provide rapid assistance to those most in need.

UN calls for almost $4 billion in emergency aid to help 27 million worldwide in 2007

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today launched an appeal for almost $4 billion to provide food, water, medicine and other emergency assistance to help millions of people struggling to survive in areas of conflict and natural disasters in 29 countries or regions in 2007.

At mid-year, UN still needs $3.1 billion for humanitarian action

Six months after the United Nations launched its 2006 Humanitarian Appeal aimed at raising funds for relief efforts globally, the world body and its partners still require $3.1 billion to address the urgent needs of 30 million people struck by crisis in 31 countries.

UN emergency head highlights difficulties in getting aid to Somalia, Darfur and Gaza

Highlighting the difficulties in getting urgent humanitarian aid to the civilian populations of conflict-ravaged Somalia, Darfur and Gaza, the top United Nations emergency relief official today called for greater access and protection for humanitarian workers and more assistance for those in need.

Relief expert from Lebanon named UN humanitarian envoy to Iraq

A long-serving Lebanese official with the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) was today named as Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative for Iraq, focusing on humanitarian relief, reconstruction and development in the war-ravaged country.

Company donates services to UN to screen out risky vendors

The United Nations is now better able to screen prospective contractors and other partners for any involvement in criminal activity -- such as money laundering, drug trafficking or terrorist financing -- with the donated assistance of the world's leading researcher of such information, a humanitarian official announced today.