News by topic: Humanitarian Aid


As winter hits displaced Iraqis, UN appeals for boost in humanitarian funding

23 December – The United Nations today called for a surge in humanitarian funding to help cover the basic needs of close to one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq’s Kurdistan region amid plummeting temperatures and wintry conditions.


Muslim group trapped by Central African Republic violence face dire situation, warns UN

23 December – The United Nations refugee agency voiced concern today over the “deteriorating situation” facing more than 400 members of a Muslim minority group trapped by the ongoing violence fracturing the Central African Republic (CAR).


2015 will be ‘tough year’ for humanitarian operations, senior UN official warns

22 December – The outlook for global humanitarian operations is “very, very bleak,” a top United Nations humanitarian official warned today saying that “it’s been a rapid deterioration through 2014 and sadly, as we move forward we’re expecting to face a tough year in 2015.”


DR Congo: Amid spike in violence, UN refugee agency concerned about humanitarian situation

19 December – Continuing violence and multiple attacks in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have sown widespread fear and sparked displacement of thousands of people, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today, amid appeals for humanitarian access to help those in distress.


Asia-Pacific report: World’s most disaster prone region experiences three-fold rise in deaths

18 December – Asia and the Pacific is the world’s most natural disaster-prone area and accounts for more than 60 per cent of the world’s hungry people, but continues to drive the global economic recovery, according to the United Nations Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2014, released today.


UN launches appeal for life-saving aid to millions of Syrians, support to host communities

18 December – As Syria's war rages on into its fifth year, the needs for food, shelter and medicine are astronomical, several United Nations agencies said today as they launched a major appeal, requesting over $8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and throughout the region.


Central African Republic: UNICEF warns two out of five children without vital aid

17 December – Two out of five children urgently needing humanitarian aid in Central African Republic are without it, thanks to a critical lack of funding and continued conflict, a year after extreme violence tore through the country, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said today.


Donors pledge over $400 million for 2015 UN rapid humanitarian response fund

17 December – International donors have pledged $418.6 million for a United Nations fund aimed at enabling the speedy delivery of humanitarian aid into the epicentres of crisis zones around the world, falling short of a broader appeal made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Organization’s top relief official. Updated: 05:06 PM ET


Syria: UN food agency's operations secure after funding drive; must raise more in 2015

16 December – Having raised $88 million in a 10-day global fundraising effort, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said its funding for December 2014 was secure and the agency could resume providing food assistance through electronic vouchers to 1.7 million refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey.


‘Even in war there are rules’ – UN official urges Security Council to enforce protections of Syrian civilians

15 December – Despite the United Nations Security Council’s best efforts to limit violence against non-combatants caught up in the ongoing Syrian conflict, civilians in the Middle Eastern country are being subjected to escalating levels of brutality as the war creeps into its fourth year, the top UN humanitarian official said today.