UN chief appoints special advisor on human security

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Yukio Takasu of Japan as his special advisor on human security, following a General Assembly resolution in July that recognized the need to continue discussions on the issue.

In biggest appeal ever, UN seeks $7.4 billion for humanitarian efforts in 2011

The United Nations today appealed for more than $7.4 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 50 million people suffering from the effects of conflicts and natural disasters in 28 countries over the coming year.

New UN initiative seeks to help humanitarian operations go green

A new online resource centre developed by the United Nations seeks to help reduce the damage done to the environment during humanitarian and relief activities in the aftermath of natural disasters, conflicts and other crises.

UN urges renewed support for relief workers on World Humanitarian Day

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked World Humanitarian Day today by leading a chorus of United Nations officials in lauding aid workers – including some who have paid with their lives – for their tireless efforts to help those who have lived through wars, catastrophes and other terrible events.

UN staff member discovers hellish ordeal is no barrier to returning to his calling

Vincent Cochetel, a staff member for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), spent almost all of 1998 chained to a bed frame in a dark cellar in the Caucasus. The Frenchman spent 317 days at the mercy of his abductors, who tortured him and deprived him of light for all but 15 minutes each day.

Despite dangers, aid workers dedicated to help people in need – UN

“My fear is to fail in assisting people in real need.”

Marking World Humanitarian Day, UN lauds heroic efforts on the front lines

The United Nations will mark the second-ever World Humanitarian Day on Thursday by paying tribute to the life-saving work carried out by aid workers around the globe, often in perilous places, to help those whose lives have been torn asunder by conflict, natural disasters and other crises.

In wake of Haiti quake, world must not forget about other crises, says UN official

The global spotlight has largely been concentrated on the catastrophic Haiti earthquake so far this year, bleeding support from emergencies in other areas, the top United Nations humanitarian official has said, urging stepped-up funding for crises worldwide.