UN produces manual for humanitarian workers on negotiating with armed groups

Humanitarian groups in conflict zones trying to provide civilians with food, protection, or safe passage are faced with the daily possibility that they may have to negotiate with armed groups and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is releasing a handbook to tell them how.

Malawi: UN launches ‘unprecedented smart appeal’ to counter food crisis

The United Nations today launched an $88 million ‘smart’ flash appeal for Malawi, where some 4.2 million people – 34 per cent of the population – face acute food shortages, in an unprecedented two-track approach to both address immediate needs and prevent a recurring crisis.

Zimbabwe, UN agree to keep working on new draft for humanitarian appeal

The United Nations country team and Government officials in Zimbabwe reached agreement today to establish a working level joint committee to draw up a new draft of a flash humanitarian appeal to raise money to help the 700,000 people left destitute by a Government slum clearance campaign, the United Nations humanitarian agency said today.

As flooding continues in Bulgaria, UN agencies stand ready to offer further help

With 20,000 people in Bulgaria in need of food, bedding, hepatitis vaccine, antibiotics and insect repellent due to heavy flooding, United Nations agencies are continuing to provide emergency aid, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest update today.

As Blix leaves office, Annan lauds UN arms inspector's 'steadfast integrity'

Hans Blix, the head of United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq, concluded his term of office today, receiving expressions of “profound gratitude” from Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who voiced his admiration for Mr. Blix’s ability to handle the intense demands of his tasks.

UN assists 8,000 displaced persons in the Republic of Congo

The United Nations is assisting about 8,000 persons on the outskirts of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, who were displaced last month by lawless conditions in the Pool Region, the United Nations Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement today.

Extra $61 million sought by UN to coordinate worldwide relief aid in emergencies

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today kicked off a $61.1 million appeal for extra funding to deal with emergencies in conflict and disaster-afflicted countries around the world.