Berne, 17.08.2011 - Switzerland is increasing its humanitarian aid for those affected by the current hunger crisis afflicting the Horn of Africa. The Federal Council today approved additional aid of CHF 20 million. This will be used above all for the benefit of the population in southern Somalia, malnourished children in the Dadaab refugee camp, and the host communities in northern Kenya.
COPENHAGEN - Procurement of goods and services by the United Nations reached $14.5 billion in 2010, up 5.4 percent on the previous year, as the UN responded to natural disasters, medical emergencies and the global food crisis.
The 2010 Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement, compiled by UNOPS on behalf of the UN system, shows the largest sums were spent on food, pharmaceuticals, transport and construction, such as building schools and hospitals.