UN encourages staff to show solidarity with victims of Hurricane SandyListen /
The United Nations is encouraging its staff members to make voluntary contributions to support the victims of the Storm Sandy which devastated parts of New York.
UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters on Wednesday that many of the UN's own staff members were severely affected by the storm.
He says that the Secretary-General and staff at large, with the support of the UN Staff Union, have established the United Nations Relief Fund for the victims of Storm Sandy in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
"To show our solidarity and support to the victims, we are encouraging United Nations staff members to make voluntary contributions for immediate needs of UN staff and the local community. Additionally, for medium and long-term needs, the United Nations Relief Fund for the victims of Storm Sandy in the New York and Tri-State communities will undertake a number of fund-raising activities which will be announced separately."
The United Nations humanitarian agency has been coordinating the efforts to supply relief to communities in the Caribbean who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.