Ban lauds award-winning charity for carrying on legacy of late Tom Lantos

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pledged to do his part to advance the ideals espoused by long-time United Nations supporter Tom Lantos, as he congratulated the charity set up in the late United States congressman’s name for being honoured for the work it does in carrying forward his legacy.

Global shortfall of $3.4 billion in humanitarian aid at mid-year point, UN says

The United Nations, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and 239 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) need an extra $3.4 billion to respond to the world’s most severe crises for the rest of the year, they announced today.

Afghan situation worsening, UN relief chief says, urging new approach

The humanitarian situation inside Afghanistan is getting worse, with civilian casualties rising and food prices soaring, the United Nations relief chief said today, calling for the international community to revise its assistance plans to the strife-torn country.

UN relief chief meets with tribal elders and provincial officials in Afghanistan

The United Nations relief chief today met with local officials and tribal elders in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan on the third day of his visit to assess the humanitarian situation in the impoverished and strife-torn country.

Governments asked to ratify treaty protecting UN humanitarian personnel

The head of the United Nations staff union and the top UN legal official today called on governments to join a legal instrument designed to protect humanitarian personnel around the world.

Senior UNICEF official begins visit to Ethiopia to assess drought situation

The deputy chief of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) arrived in Ethiopia today for the start of a four-day visit to review the humanitarian situation in the south and southeast of the country, which has become parched by drought.

UN officials express sorrow and pledge help after deadly earthquake hits China

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim have voiced their sorrow and sympathy for the victims of the earthquake that struck south-western China today, killing thousands of people, and pledged the support of the United Nations in any humanitarian efforts following the disaster.

UN emergency response funds allocated to neglected crises

The United Nations’ central body for coordinating relief and humanitarian aid has allocated more than 100 million dollars in grants for critical life-saving work in some of the world’s neglected trouble-spots.

Ban Ki-moon urges early funding for $3.8 billion UN humanitarian appeal

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on donors to respond quickly and generously to a $3.8 billion United Nations humanitarian appeal, stressing that for the poorest of the poor, early funding means the difference between life and death.

UN seeks $3.8 billion for humanitarian emergencies in 24 countries

The United Nations today appealed for $3.8 billion to provide urgent support to 25 million people in humanitarian emergencies in 24 countries around the world, including Somalia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).