UN seeks $7.7 billion to provide humanitarian aid to millions of people in 2012

The United Nations and its partners today called for $7.7 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 51 million people in 16 countries over the course of next year, launching the largest appeal in two decades.

Panama proposes to host regional hub for UN agencies

Panama has proposed setting up a regional logistics hub for the United Nations that will serve as a base to allow the quick distribution of humanitarian assistance to those in need across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Travel publisher partners with UN to give relief workers vital information

The United Nations has teamed up with the travel publisher Lonely Planet to provide first responders in humanitarian emergencies with vital information about a destination before they deploy.

On World Humanitarian Day, UN pays tribute to aid workers around globe

The United Nations paid homage to humanitarian workers around the world today with ceremonies of remembrance for the fallen, and praise and songs of tribute for the hundreds of thousands of others who daily brave danger and hardship to bring aid to those less fortunate.

New UN guidebook aims to improve psychological support for disaster victims

The United Nations health agency and its partners have launched a guide to help fieldworkers provide vital psychological support to people affected by humanitarian emergencies.

Egyptian trauma surgeon on Somali front line epitomizes UN humanitarian role

Omar Saleh was leading a peaceful and comfortable life as a trauma surgeon and university lecturer in Egypt when the call came from the United Nations health agency: surgeons urgently needed in war-torn Somalia. He didn’t have to think twice.

Improving humanitarian assistance crucial as needs will likely rise – UN official

Given that humanitarian emergencies around the globe are likely to increase, not decrease, in the future, it is necessary to strengthen partnerships to respond adequately when needs arise, improve preparedness and ensure predictable funding, the United Nations relief chief said today.

Aid consortium rolls out new edition of UN-backed guide for humanitarian workers

The latest edition of the United Nations-backed handbook setting out universal standards for ensuring effective and accountable humanitarian work made its debut today with a new chapter on protection principles as well as information on emerging issues such as climate change and civil-military relations.

UN study explores ways to effectively deliver aid in risky situations

Attacks against humanitarian personnel have tripled over the past decade, rising to more than 100 deaths each year, with the most of the fatalities occurring in areas where violence has increased significantly, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia, according to a United Nations-backed study unveiled today.

UN chief urges increased, predictable funding to tackle humanitarian crises

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for increased funding of global humanitarian operations this year, noting that aid requirements are rising and that it is vital to have resources ready to help those affected by both natural and man-made disasters.