Aid workers must be seen as strictly humanitarian, not political - UN relief chief

In the face of increasing attacks on aid workers worldwide, the top United Nations humanitarian official is calling for a clear line between impartial relief personnel and those operating with a political or military agenda.

UN team heads to eastern Chad to help relocate Sudanese refugees

A six-member team from the United Nations refugee agency is headed to eastern Chad to help relocate tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees from insecure areas near the border with Sudan.

UN humanitarian envoy notes improvements in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire

A United Nations humanitarian envoy said today she saw progress in providing basic and humanitarian services during her fourth evaluation mission to Côte d’Ivoire, a country trying to return to normal life after intense conflict.

UN humanitarian team helps Micronesia recover following tropical storm

The United Nations agency for humanitarian coordination has sent a disaster assessment team to Micronesia after Typhoon Lupit struck the Pacific islands nation early last week, destroying food crops, contaminating water supplies and damaging homes and public facilities.

Annan to launch UN's consolidated humanitarian appeal next week

Secretary-General Kofi Annan will launch the 2004 Consolidated Appeal on behalf of the United Nations humanitarian agencies next week, seeking to help some 45 million people around the world.

New UN aid official calls obstacles to humanitarian assistance 'moral outrage'

It is "a moral outrage" that United Nations humanitarian operations are forced out of countries or cut back because of violence, turmoil and lack of security, the new Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator said today.

UN, European Commission launch guidelines for relief work in crises

The United Nations and the European Commission today launched new guidelines for the use of military assets in humanitarian emergencies, stressing the impartiality of relief operations and the main tasks and responsibilities required in disaster situations.

Norway’s Red Cross chief named UN humanitarian relief coordinator

The head of the Norwegian Red Cross today was named as the new United Nations official in charge of coordinating the world body’s humanitarian efforts around the world.

Only one-third of $5.34 billion needed received so far in UN appeal for crisis countries

The United Nations consolidated appeals for countries in crisis has so far received only one-third of the $5.34 billion needed for life-sustaining operations in 2003, according to a mid-year review by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Insecurity continues to hamper humanitarian operations in Iraq, UN reports

The United Nations has reported that rising violent crime and other security concerns are still hampering the international relief effort in Iraq.