UN humanitarian chief spotlights impact of drought on southern Africa

The top United Nations humanitarian official today, highlighting the impact of severe droughts in several southern African countries, stressed that the situation is particularly dire in Swaziland and appealed for over $15 million to assist that country.

UN humanitarian chief cites $2.5 billion global shortfall in aid for 2007

The top United Nations humanitarian official said today that, six months after the launch of an appeal to meet the most urgent needs of 27 million people in nearly 30 countries, the world body and its partners still require $2.5 billion to respond to the world’s most severe crises.

UN humanitarian agency provides $85 million to fund life-saving programmes

In the first of two annual instalments, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will provide almost $85 million to help 15 countries cope with underfunded emergencies, the Organization’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced today.

Senior British diplomat named by Ban Ki-Moon as new UN humanitarian chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed the veteran British diplomat John Holmes as the new United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.