UN seeks $7 billion in humanitarian aid for 2009, by far its largest ever appeal

The United Nations today launched its largest ever annual humanitarian appeal, seeking $7 billion for urgent aid to 30 million people in 31 countries, dwarfing by far last year's call for $3.8 billion for 25 million people.

Humanitarian situation in Somalia in serious decline as security worsens, warns UN chief

The deteriorating security situation in Somalia poses a serious threat to the delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of desperate people in the Horn of Africa country, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned in his latest report to the Security Council today.

Nearly 64,000 Somali children to receive nutritional boost from UN agency

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is planning to provide a highly nutritious, peanut-based food to some 64,000 children in Somalia over the next six months to combat the growing threat of malnutrition in the Horn of Africa nation that is currently in the grips of a worsening humanitarian crisis.

Ban lauds award-winning charity for carrying on legacy of late Tom Lantos

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pledged to do his part to advance the ideals espoused by long-time United Nations supporter Tom Lantos, as he congratulated the charity set up in the late United States congressman’s name for being honoured for the work it does in carrying forward his legacy.

Global shortfall of $3.4 billion in humanitarian aid at mid-year point, UN says

The United Nations, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and 239 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) need an extra $3.4 billion to respond to the world’s most severe crises for the rest of the year, they announced today.

Afghan situation worsening, UN relief chief says, urging new approach

The humanitarian situation inside Afghanistan is getting worse, with civilian casualties rising and food prices soaring, the United Nations relief chief said today, calling for the international community to revise its assistance plans to the strife-torn country.

UN relief chief meets with tribal elders and provincial officials in Afghanistan

The United Nations relief chief today met with local officials and tribal elders in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan on the third day of his visit to assess the humanitarian situation in the impoverished and strife-torn country.

Governments asked to ratify treaty protecting UN humanitarian personnel

The head of the United Nations staff union and the top UN legal official today called on governments to join a legal instrument designed to protect humanitarian personnel around the world.

Senior UNICEF official begins visit to Ethiopia to assess drought situation

The deputy chief of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) arrived in Ethiopia today for the start of a four-day visit to review the humanitarian situation in the south and southeast of the country, which has become parched by drought.

UN officials express sorrow and pledge help after deadly earthquake hits China

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim have voiced their sorrow and sympathy for the victims of the earthquake that struck south-western China today, killing thousands of people, and pledged the support of the United Nations in any humanitarian efforts following the disaster.