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Open Innovation: Inspiring Collaboration in the UN

Early last year, our partners at UNHCR told me about their new venture to employ the SpigitEngage online platform. Invited to carry out a review of the pilot-run for the platform, I was excited to learn more about how they were trying to use an innovation tool to facilitate innovation — not only amongst employees, but also partner organisations, refugees, and people of concern, with whom they work closely around the world.

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Vacunas sin nevera: una prioridad para inmunizar a 22 millones de niños cada año

Un nuevo estudio de Médicos Sin Fronteras demuestra que una vacuna contra el tétanos sigue siendo efectiva tras un mes fuera de la estricta cadena de frío.

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New Humanitarian Negotiations Information Portal (HNIP)

In addition to a wide collection of articles, case studies, and reports, the portal features the first of its kind compilation of relevant excerpts from normative provisions and policy statements on the mandate for conducting humanitarian negotiations.

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Jakarta workshop seeks to strengthen protection at sea in Asia-Pacific

JAKARTA, Indonesia, April 23 (UNHCR) – Fourteen key countries in the Asia and Pacific regions have agreed to step up efforts to minimize the loss of life at sea while ensuring that people moving irregularly by boat receive the protection they need.

"We are here because the countries of origin, transit and destination that you represent recognize the need for genuine multilateral and regional cooperation, to address in a humane way the ever more urgent and complex challenges presented by mixed maritime movements," said James Lynch, UNHCR's regional representative.

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Refugee protection in emergencies

“Emergency Management Workshop on Refugee Protection” is currently taking place at the Tehran Milad Tower co-organized by the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA) from the Ministry of Interior of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the UNHCR Office in Tehran from the 20-24th of April 2014.

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El impacto potencial del cambio climático debe tenerse en cuenta en la producción alimentaria

La FAO elogia a Marruecos por lograr el ODM-1 y ambos firman un acuerdo de Cooperación Sur-Sur

23 de abril de 2014, Meknés, Marruecos/Roma – Los países tienen que cambiar a sistemas alimentarios más sostenibles y reforzar las medidas para mitigar y adaptarse a los efectos del cambio climático, aseguró hoy el Director General de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva, al intervenir ante los participantes del 7º Salón Internacional de la Agricultura en Marruecos (SIAM).

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New Research Finds Gap in Diarrhea Care of African Children

Voice of America

Kim Lewis

New research recently published online by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene finds that young children suffering from diarrheal diseases are less likely to receive life-saving oral rehydration therapy (ORT) when seeking treatment in private clinics.

This first-ever, large-scale study of child diarrhea treatment practices in sub-Saharan Africa found that closing the gap between public and private clinics with regard to access to ORT could each year save the lives of 20,000 children under 5 years of age.

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Climate change’s potential impact must figure in food production efforts

FAO at agriculture forum lauds Morocco for achieving MDG 1, signs South-South Cooperation accord

23 April 2014, Meknès, Morocco/Rome - Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems, stepping up action to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told participants at the seventh Forum on Agriculture in the Kingdom of Morocco.

"Everything we do needs to take climate change into consideration," he stressed. "And the time is now. We cannot afford to wait."

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Analyse: l’eau et les conflits


KUALA LUMPUR, 23 avril 2014 (IRIN) - « La concurrence féroce pour l'accès à l'eau douce pourrait bien devenir une source de conflit et de guerre à l'avenir », avait déclaré en 2001 Kofi Annan, alors secrétaire général des Nations Unies. Un an plus tard, il était revenu sur ses propos et avait déclaré que les problèmes liés à l'eau pouvaient être un « catalyseur de coopération ».


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World + 43 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16–23 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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World + 4 others
IKEA campaign raises €7.7 million to brighten the lives of refugees

LONDON, United Kingdom, April 23 (UNHCR) – IKEA customers and staff around the world have helped raise Є7.7 million to provide funding and energy for hundreds of thousands of refugees under a two-month campaign launched in February.

Under the "Brighter Lives for Refugees" campaign, the IKEA Foundation pledged to donate Є1 to the UN refugee agency for every LEDARE (light-emitting diode) bulb purchased in IKEA stores globally between February 3 and March 29.

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World + 14 others
Disability Inclusion: Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action

A new report highlights the challenges facing about 6.7 million people with disabilities who are forcibly displaced around the world due to persecution, conflict and human rights violations.

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Heat-Stable Vaccines Urgently Needed to Reach the One in Five Children Missed by Immunization Worldwide

GENEVA/PARIS—The need for vaccines to be kept constantly cold is proving a major barrier in improving poor immunization coverage rates, with one in five children born each year missing out on lifesaving vaccinations, international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.

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World Bank to Finance 19 Centers of Excellence to Help Transform Science, Technology, and Higher Education in Africa

World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$150 million to finance 19 university-based Centers of Excellence in seven countries in West and Central Africa. These competitively selected centers will receive funding for advanced specialized studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related disciplines, as well as in agriculture and health.

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AfDB Board approves new Africa Climate Change Fund

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on April 16 in Tunis, the creation of the Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF), a bilateral thematic trust fund to support African countries in their transition to climate-resilient and low-carbon development. The AfDB will host and manage the ACCF, which was created with a 4.725 million euro contribution from Germany for an initial three-year period. The aim is to scale-up to a multi-donor trust fund as soon as at least one new donor commits to join.

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In Horn of Africa, Links Between Disaster, Conflict, and Displacement

What are the links between climate change, conflict, and the displacement of people? A panel of experts discussed this nexus and its implications in the Horn of Africa at the International Peace Institute on April 3rd in an event cosponsored by the Nansen Initiative.