Close to 7,000 evacuated from Syrian towns after enduring near 3-year siege

After close to three years of siege, 6,900 women, children and men were finally able to leave the Syrian towns of Foah and Kafraya over the past few days, following a local agreement between parties to the conflict. 

Lack of funding for aid operations means ‘people will die’ in Central African Republic – UN official

A senior United Nations relief official is urging the international community to boost support for humanitarian efforts in crisis-gripped Central African Republic (CAR), where nearly half the population requires assistance.

Senior UN relief official urges more support for people in protracted crises in central and eastern Africa

Warning of worsening violence and humanitarian crises across areas of East and Central Africa, the Head of Operations for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, today called for additional support to “people and communities who have faced years of crisis in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia.”

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.

Qatar and UN urge countries to increase support for victims of humanitarian disaster

Qatar and the United Nations today jointly urged the international community to sustain and increase its help for the millions of people around the world affected by humanitarian disasters and emergencies, through funding of the Organizations’ global humanitarian appeal.

UN and Islamic bloc reach humanitarian partnership deal

The United Nations signed an agreement today with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to work together more closely on humanitarian issues, from relief coordination to fundraising and preparedness for disasters and crises.

Ban appoints six new members to advisory board of UN humanitarian fund

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed six new members to the advisory group that provides policy guidance and expert advice to the United Nations-managed emergency response fund.

UN agencies work with Philippine authorities to assist flood-affected families

United Nations aid agencies are supplying blankets, plastic mats and tarpaulins to families on the Philippine island of Mindanao, where floods have displaced nearly 400,000 people this month.

UN launches $7 billion appeal for humanitarian work next year

The United Nations today appealed for more than $7.1 billion over the coming year to assist 48 million people across 25 countries whose lives have been wrecked by conflict and natural disasters, with the largest amount – over $1 billion – sought for Sudan.

UN rushes aid to flood victims in El Salvador

The United Nations has sent a disaster assessment team to El Salvador and released a $50,000 cash grant to help the small Central American country recover from torrential rainfall that caused massive flooding and triggered landslides, killing at least 140 people and displacing nearly 14,000 others.