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The vulnerable ‘must be our first priority,’ says Ban, calling on donors to support UN emergency fund

During the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund's (CERF) High-Level pledging conference for 2017, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon requested, an unprecedented $1 billion by 2018 – a stark increase since its 2005 establishment.

Global humanitarian response affected by lack of funding – senior UN relief official

Returning from recent visits to Haiti, Sudan and South Sudan, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said that while low funding for aid operations around the world challenge prompt and needed relief, the deteriorating humanitarian situation in conflict-riven South Sudan is the most “alarming.”

Yemen: UN envoy urges 72-hour extension of ceasefire

With the 72-hour cessation of hostilities in Yemen coming to an end, the United Nations envoy for Yemen today urged all warring parties to agree to its extension for at least another renewable 72 hours so that humanitarian supplies continue to reach people affected by the ongoing conflict there.

Ban calls on global leaders to take forward goals of World Humanitarian Summit

As the international community continues to work towards achieving the core humanitarian responsibilities agreed to at the World Humanitarian Summit this past May, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today presented a road map to promote accountability for commitments made and report on progress attained.

UN aid chief extremely concerned over evacuation of Syrian town of Darayya, cites need for compliance with humanitarian law

The top United Nations humanitarian relief official has expressed extreme concern over the recent evacuation of the entire population of the besieged Syrian town of Darayya, following an agreement between representatives of Darayya and the Syrian Government – and highlighted how the move does not comply with international law.

'We have to be the hope' for people most in need, says top UN humanitarian official

Praising the spirit and drive of relief workers, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, has said the global humanitarian community is determined to not let political disagreements, conflicts or natural disasters get in the way of their ability to help the people who are most in need.

UN aid chief releases $50 million 'lifeline' in emergency funds for people in urgent need

The top United Nations relief official released today $50 million for severely underfunded aid operations in six neglected emergencies around the world from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which supports urgent, life-saving humanitarian responses.

South Sudan: UN supply warehouse looted; non-critical staff ordered to relocate

The United Nations today ordered the temporary relocation of some non-critical staff from Juba, South Sudan, due to the operational challenges caused by the recent fighting there.

Syria: Deploring hostilities spreading across Aleppo, UN urges end to indiscriminate attacks

Deploring the spread of hostilities throughout the Syrian city of Aleppo, senior United Nations officials today called on all parties to the conflict to end indiscriminate attacks on civilians and fully respect international humanitarian law.

DR Congo, Angola must be ‘in funding spotlight’ – UN humanitarian official

Following a visit to Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a senior United Nations humanitarian official today called on the international community to pay more attention to the dire needs of its residents.