Peace, Human Rights, And Humanitarian Response

The UN’s founding mission in 1945 was to prevent the scourge of war and advance human rights and dignity. Today, the UN remains on the front lines of preventing and responding to conflicts, emergencies, and human rights violations. More than 100,000 ‘blue helmets’ keep peace on four continents; over a dozen UN agencies provide emergency relief for the more than 100 million people in need of humanitarian assistance; and around the world human rights are upheld and promoted through approximately 80 treaties and declarations agreed to at the UN.

Yet this work is becoming more challenging, with escalating tension between great powers, persistent crises in key regions, and the increasing involvement of extremist forces in regional conflicts. Humanitarian needs have grown accordingly, and human rights are under renewed assault in most corners of the globe.

The UN Foundation builds awareness and support of the UN’s work to help some of the most vulnerable people on earth.

Humanitarian Response in Yemen

According to the United Nations, Yemen faces the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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The UN’s Lifesaving Fund

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund supports quick and effective responses to humanitarian emergencies.

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Stand Up for Human Rights

Join the UN to #StandUp4HumanRights on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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We support a range of UN peace, humanitarian, and human rights efforts. See some of what we’re up to:

    • Championing human rights, including women’s reproductive and sexual health and rights, and the UN’s Free & Equal Campaign to support LGBTI human rights

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Ryan Kaminski

Senior Program Manager, Human Rights and Special Initiatives

Monica Palid

Program Associate, Global Policy

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