Humanitarian Affairs

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The humanitarian assistance of the United Nations comprises emergency relief and long term assistance through a complex interaction of UN bodies, other international and national organizations, governments and the affected population.

The scope of humanitarian activity ranges from humanitarian crises resulting
from war and violent conflict to natural and technical disasters. Complex emergencies with multiple causes that require a broad and comprehensive assistance approach have become increasingly important.

Several UN programmes, funds and agencies are involved in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief:

UN body

Full name

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FAO

Food and Agriculture Organization

FAO

OCHA

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA

OHCHR

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Human Rights

UNAIDS

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

UNAIDS

UNDP

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP

UNHCR

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR

UNICEF

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF

UNRWA

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

UNRWA

UNV

United Nations Volunteers

UNV

WFP

World Food Programme

WFP

WHO

World Health Organization

WHO

WMO

World Meteorological Organization

WMO

Documentation

Databases and Indexes

  • UNBISnet. The UN Library online catalogue contains reports, documents and articles related to UN activities with links to full texts. Subject search can be performed using relevant terms from the UNBIS THESAURUS.
  • ODS. United Nations official document system: provides full text search of documents issued since 1993; resolutions of all principal organ and Security Council plenary documents since 1946.

Printed Indexes

References to all documents by subject area are published in subject index of the United Nations Documents Index (online version UNBISnet). A complete collection of indexes is held by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, Uppsala, and the Libraries at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva.

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