Donors pledge over $400 million for UN rapid humanitarian response fund

Donors pledged $404.6 million for the United Nations fund that enables the quick delivery of life-saving humanitarian aid to those who need it most around the world, responding to an appeal by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the world body’s top relief official.

David Guetta donates #love, new single ‘one voice’ to UN relief efforts

The world needs more love, according to international music producer and DJ David Guetta who has partnered with the United Nations to raise money for aid relief in Typhoon Haiyan-stricken Philippines and other humanitarian needs, and who will release his new music video tonight.

UN to convene first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in 2016

The first World Humanitarian Summit will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today, as he appealed to Member States to support this effort to better assist some 100 million people in need each year.

World Humanitarian Day: UN marks 10th anniversary of Baghdad attack, honours all slain aid workers

The United Nations today honoured aid workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, marking the tenth anniversary of the attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad, and the World Humanitarian Day inspired by that tragic event.

Senior UN officials call on Security Council to boost protection of civilians

The international community must step up efforts to protect civilians in armed conflict, and ensure that those responsible for war crimes are prosecuted, United Nations senior officials told the Security Council in a meeting that coincides with World Humanitarian Day.

UN seeking to fill $8.6 billion emergency funding gap for 2013

Nearly $13 billion is needed this year – about a third of that amount for Syria and its neighbouring countries – to provide aid to 73 million people, the top United Nations humanitarian official said today.

Ban appoints Kyung-wha Kang of Republic of Korea as deputy UN humanitarian chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Kyung-wha Kang of the Republic of Korea as the deputy head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

International aid now critical to help Malians rebuild their lives, UN official says

After a period of brutal violence and economic collapse in Mali, access was now stable enough so that aid, if adequately funded, could help hundreds of thousands rebuild their lives, a top United Nations humanitarian official said today after a visit to the West African country.