UN seeks $3.8 billion for humanitarian emergencies in 24 countries

The United Nations today appealed for $3.8 billion to provide urgent support to 25 million people in humanitarian emergencies in 24 countries around the world, including Somalia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Humanitarian mail in times of natural catastrophe, conflict honoured on UN stamps

United Nations postal authorities today issued four stamps to raise awareness of the importance of humanitarian mail in times of natural catastrophes or conflicts.

UN emergency fund provides $40 million for 16 global crises

The top United Nations humanitarian official today announced a grant of $40 million from the world body’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide life-saving support in 16 so-called forgotten crises around the world.

UN emergency fund provided over $200 million in first half of 2007

A landmark United Nations humanitarian aid fund has provided over $200 million in the first half of this year for live-saving activities ranging from supplying medical treatment, building material and food to Afghan refugees to distributing much-needed food in Sudan, the world body’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced today.

New UN humanitarian chief set to visit Sudan, other ‘critical areas’ in Africa

The top United Nations humanitarian official, whose tenure began on 1 March, said today that he is eager to see first-hand the dire humanitarian situation in western Sudan, as well as visit Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), which are both hosting refugees who have fled the war-torn Darfur region.

UN urges early funding for 2007 Humanitarian Appeal to provide aid before it is too late

Stressing the vital need for early funding so that aid can reach those in need before it is too late, United Nations officials today hosted a "Programme Kick-off" to drum up support for this year's $3.9 billion humanitarian appeal, for which only 0.2 per cent has so far been covered.