Humanitarian mail in times of natural catastrophe, conflict honoured on UN stamps

United Nations postal authorities today issued four stamps to raise awareness of the importance of humanitarian mail in times of natural catastrophes or conflicts.

UN emergency fund provides $40 million for 16 global crises

The top United Nations humanitarian official today announced a grant of $40 million from the world body’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide life-saving support in 16 so-called forgotten crises around the world.

UN emergency fund provided over $200 million in first half of 2007

A landmark United Nations humanitarian aid fund has provided over $200 million in the first half of this year for live-saving activities ranging from supplying medical treatment, building material and food to Afghan refugees to distributing much-needed food in Sudan, the world body’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced today.

New UN humanitarian chief set to visit Sudan, other ‘critical areas’ in Africa

The top United Nations humanitarian official, whose tenure began on 1 March, said today that he is eager to see first-hand the dire humanitarian situation in western Sudan, as well as visit Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), which are both hosting refugees who have fled the war-torn Darfur region.

UN urges early funding for 2007 Humanitarian Appeal to provide aid before it is too late

Stressing the vital need for early funding so that aid can reach those in need before it is too late, United Nations officials today hosted a "Programme Kick-off" to drum up support for this year's $3.9 billion humanitarian appeal, for which only 0.2 per cent has so far been covered.

Annan seeks support so global emergency fund can reach $500 million

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to countries and other international donors to continuing funding the world body’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) next year so it reaches its goal of $500 million to provide rapid assistance to those most in need.

UN calls for almost $4 billion in emergency aid to help 27 million worldwide in 2007

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today launched an appeal for almost $4 billion to provide food, water, medicine and other emergency assistance to help millions of people struggling to survive in areas of conflict and natural disasters in 29 countries or regions in 2007.

At mid-year, UN still needs $3.1 billion for humanitarian action

Six months after the United Nations launched its 2006 Humanitarian Appeal aimed at raising funds for relief efforts globally, the world body and its partners still require $3.1 billion to address the urgent needs of 30 million people struck by crisis in 31 countries.

UN emergency head highlights difficulties in getting aid to Somalia, Darfur and Gaza

Highlighting the difficulties in getting urgent humanitarian aid to the civilian populations of conflict-ravaged Somalia, Darfur and Gaza, the top United Nations emergency relief official today called for greater access and protection for humanitarian workers and more assistance for those in need.

Relief expert from Lebanon named UN humanitarian envoy to Iraq

A long-serving Lebanese official with the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) was today named as Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative for Iraq, focusing on humanitarian relief, reconstruction and development in the war-ravaged country.