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19 Oct 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

William B Karesh, Executive Vice President for Health and Policy at EcoHealth Alliance; Adjunct Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The concept of One Health is deceptively simple: it’s the recognition that human, animal and environmental health are all inherently linked.

19 Oct 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

Summary

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur examines the issue of the right to housing for residents of informal settlements and the commitment made by States to upgrade such settlements by 2030. Nearly one quarter of the world’s urban population lives in informal settlements or encampments, most in developing countries but increasingly also in the most affluent. Living conditions are shocking and intolerable. Residents often live without water and sanitation, and are in constant fear of eviction.

19 Oct 2018 description

While the technology has not advanced far enough to make a full swap viable, some solar projects are already underway in the field and aid workers expect many more to follow

By Lin Taylor

LONDON, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cheap, reliable and hard to hijack, the sun could be an ideal energy source in many war zones and disaster areas, prompting aid agencies to consider ditching costly fuel for solar power.

19 Oct 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

Last month, the inter-faith community gathered in New York at the Church Centre of the United Nations Plaza to discuss the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees. The event was organised by ACT Alliance, Catholic Relief Services, Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

19 Oct 2018 description

To withstand the inevitable natural disasters climate change will bring, better disaster risk management must start now.

Human activity has caused the temperature of the Earth and its atmosphere to rise by about 1°C above pre-industrial levels, triggering fundamental changes to the planet’s physical and social landscapes. On 8 October an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that temperatures were rising faster than expected, and that 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels could occur as early as 2030.

19 Oct 2018 description

Vienna, Austria, October 19, 2018. OFID – the OPEC Fund for International Development – yesterday hosted a roundtable at its Vienna headquarters to discuss policy options to address the interrelated challenges of development and displacement.

19 Oct 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

AG/SHC/4238

ASSEMBLÉE GÉNÉRALE TROISIÈME COMMISSION
SOIXANTE-TREIZIÈME SESSION, 23E & 24E SÉANCES – MATIN & APRÈS-MIDI

19 Oct 2018 description

Le secteur de l’élevage peut fortement contribuer au Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030, mais des choix importants devront être faits, selon un nouveau rapport de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) publié cette semaine.

18 Oct 2018 description

Third Global Conference on Health and Climate Change: Special Focus on Small Island Developing States, concluded on Wednesday with an Action Plan to be implemented in the Region

Washington, D.C., October 18 2018 (PAHO / WHO) — Ministers from across the Region of the Caribbean have agreed on an Action Plan to ensure that the health of those living in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is protected and prioritized within the global climate change agenda.

18 Oct 2018 description

Faced with the resurgence of all too familiar migration-management challenges, the European Union has a habit of returning to a familiar set of policy proposals. European policymakers have again raised the idea of shifting the processing of asylum seekers and irregular migrants outside EU borders, with some proposals floated this summer describing the creation of “disembarkation platforms” in North Africa to deal with those intercepted while crossing the Mediterranean.

18 Oct 2018 description
report European Union

CHILD TRAFFICKING: WHO ARE THE VICTIMS AND THE CRIMINAL NETWORKS TRAFFICKING THEM IN AND INTO THE EU 18 October 2018

New Europol report on child trafficking provides up-to-date intelligence picture on criminal phenomenon One of the most serious aspects of this phenomenon is the role of the family, with Europol receiving regular notifications of children being sold to criminal networks by their families. In some cases they engage directly in the trafficking and exploitation of their own children.

18 Oct 2018 description

Policy paper
Published 18 October 2018
From: Department for International Development

1. Executive summary

18 Oct 2018 description

“We must work with charities to address systemic underreporting of serious incidents by charities”

Charity Commission warns of continued underreporting as it publishes findings of its interim safeguarding taskforce and updates guidance for charities on what to report

Published 17 October 2018
From: The Charity Commission

18 Oct 2018 description
report UN News Service

Every four days, a journalist is murdered, often for simply doing their job of uncovering something that someone wants to stay hidden: the vast majority of these killings go unpunished.

To help raise awareness of this situation, UNESCO, the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is launching a new campaign, Truth Never Dies, on 2 November, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

18 Oct 2018 description

More than 500 delegates from across the international aid community to commit to a “root to branch” change in the way the sector operates.

Published 18 October 2018
From: Department for International Development and The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt today (Thursday 18 October) galvanised the support of more than 500 delegates from across the international aid community to commit to a “root to branch” change in the way the sector operates.

18 Oct 2018 description
report World Bank

On October 13, during the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres opened a high-level panel discussion highlighting the Famine Action Mechanism, a new global mechanism dedicated to preventing future famines.

According to Guterres, while efforts to reduce overall poverty are working, the risk of famine continues to threaten more people.

18 Oct 2018 description

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Good afternoon everybody. I am really thrilled to be here.
Let me start by saying a very happy 50th birthday Concern Worldwide and congratulations.
Thank you, it is a pleasure to be here with you today to celebrate Concern Worldwide’s 50th anniversary.

And it does bear repeating, as Ciarán (Ciarán Cannon, Ireland’s Minister for the Diaspora and International Development) said, you started as a result of the famine in Biafra in 1968.

18 Oct 2018 description

Published 18 October 2018
From: Department for International Development

This guide for DFID partners gives details of new safeguarding standards designed to keep beneficiaries and those delivering aid programmes safe from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

Details

18 Oct 2018 description

CONFLICT AND HUNGER - FACTS & FIGURES

Of the more than 800 million hungry (i.e. chronically food insecure) people in the world, about 490 million live in countries affected by conflict. That’s 60 percent of the world’s hungry people.

Six out of 10 people facing acute food insecurity are in countries plagued by conflict or insecurity (in other words, more than half of the 124 million acutely hungry people living in 51 countries are in parts of the world where there is fighting or violence).