UNITED NATIONS UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday made an impassioned plea to the international community to mobilize resources to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in Somalia, where severe drought has plunged communities in the southern region of the country into famine. To save the lives of the people at risk the vast majority of them women and children we need approximately $1.6 billion in aid, said Ban in an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times. So far, international donors have given only half that amount. To turn the tide, to offer hope in the name of our common humanity, we must mobilize worldwide. This means everyone. I appeal to all nations both those who fund our work year-in and year-out, and those who do not traditionally give through the multinational system to step up to the challenge, said the Secretary-General. He noted that UN agencies will on Monday gather in Rome to coordinate the emergency response for Somalia and raise funds for immediate relief.