UN to launch over $3 billion humanitarian appeal to help 50 million people in 2003

The United Nations today announced plans to ask donors for more than $3 billion to help some 50 million people with humanitarian needs in 2003.

UN urges Somalis to adopt humanitarian principles at upcoming peace talks

On the eve of Somali peace and reconciliation talks set to start tomorrow in Eldoret, Kenya, the United Nations is calling on those attending to adopt a set of humanitarian principles which would facilitate the delivery of relief supplies in the war-ravaged nation, where insecurity is blocking aid efforts.

Senior UN relief official in Africa for talks on humanitarian emergencies

Seeking to improve the national and international response to major humanitarian emergencies in parts of Africa, a top United Nations relief official arrived on the continent today for talks with government officials and civil society groups.

Humanitarian aid effort faces major funding shortfall, UN official warns

United Nations efforts to respond to humanitarian emergencies worldwide are being severely hampered by a funding shortfall which has left more than half of all projects without resources, a senior UN official reported today.

UN officials condemn detention of health workers in Sudan

Senior United Nations officials today condemned the detention in the Sudan of over a dozen health workers, calling the incident a "major setback" to the world body's effort to eradicate polio in the region.

Afghanistan: UN finds security in Mazar-i-Sharif 'fragile but improving'

The security situation in the key Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif is "fragile but improving," paving the way for the return of international relief personnel, a United Nations spokesman said today.

UN agency launches first food airlift from Tajikistan into Afghanistan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched its first air operation from Tajikistan into Afghanistan in an effort to bring urgently needed aid to more than 274,000 desperately hungry people in remote locations across the northeastern part of the country.

Humanitarian logistics systems must improve to be effective, UN panel says

Humanitarian supply logistics systems must be effectively coordinated in order to better help people in disasters or emergency situations, a panel of experts assembled by various United Nations relief agencies has concluded.

Security Council continues debate on humanitarian situation in Iraq

Just days before the current phase of the United Nations humanitarian "oil-for-food" programme for Iraq is set to expire, speakers in the Security Council today continued to debate the issue in open session.