Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia reacts by saying a humanitarian cease-fire is "not realistic" because "the terrorists" are keeping up attacks.
Governments must act immediately to end conflicts and counter the impact of climate disruption to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe affecting millions.
A flood of US defense dollars long has supported Saudi Arabia, a hideous human rights abuser Ending the U-Saudi alliance could bring an enormous peace dividend to Americans.
Syria's civil war has prompted the United Nations to ask for a record amount in aid donations.
Haitians need to be allowed into the United States, legally, compassionately and immediately. I visited hospitals and clinics in Port-au-Prince, with thousands of people waiting for care, and amputations happening with ibuprofen or Motrin, if patients were lucky.
The United Nations is facing a $4.8 billion shortfall in funding for humanitarian aid to some of the world's poorest peoples. At the top of that list are the inhabitants of Zimbabwe, Palestine and Kenya, which face increasingly dire financial needs. Although emergency relief donations have risen, the global credit crunch has made it harder for developed countries to keep pace with the need.
Aid agencies fear that more than a million people in the African region of Darfur may not be getting humanitarian food rations starting in May. The worries come weeks after the Sudanese government expelled more than a dozen foreign aid groups after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir.
Be it a political gamble or a mix-up of epic proportions, Hamas is being accused of stealing humanitarian aid from UN trucks in the Gaza Strip Due to the thefts, officials say, aid has stopped flowing into the battle-torn territory, where half the population depends on the U shipments for food.