The United Nations works to address humanitarian concerns around the world in varying capacities. While human beings and their welfare are at the center of the majority of the UN’s work, there are four lead agencies which coordinate, lead, and advocate for improved responses to humanitarian needs and crises.

2017 OCHA Overview

Recent Headlines

UN News Center – Humanitarian Aid

Lead UN Agencies





U.S. Government Resources

USAID: Working in Crises and Conflict


Additional Resources

American Red Cross: International Services

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Relief Web: