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2015: Time for Action to harness the potential of partnerships

Time for Global Action: Potential of Partnerships2015 will be a critical year for the global community and the United Nations. It is the year we face several decisions – on disaster risk reduction, financing for development, sustainable development and climate – that will shape our collective futures for generations to come. The “2015 Time for Global Action” campaign Continue reading

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2015

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UN General Assembly Endorses Addis Ababa Action Agenda

UN General AssemblyThe General Assembly today adopted resolution A/RES/69/313 endorsing the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, a “new global framework” that many said would strengthen cooperation in technology, infrastructure and social protections that were key to realizing inclusive sustainable development. Continue reading

Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp turns three, challenges for the future of thousands living there

As Jordan’s Za’atari camp the largest refugee camp in the Middle East prepared to mark its third anniversary, the UN refugee agency revealed on Tuesday (July 28) an increase in the number of refugees seeking shelter in camps across the rest of the country. UNHCR said that living conditions for more than half a million refugees living outside of camps in the country had become increasingly tough, swelling the population of other camps. The latest survey showed 86 per cent of urban refugees live below the Jordanian poverty line of 68 JOD (approx. US$95) per capita per month. Continue reading

The 1951 Refugee Convention

Twelve Nations Sign Refugee ConventionThe 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees was officially signed 64 years ago today at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, by Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, United Kingdom and Yugoslavia. Since its signing the Geneva Refugee Convention has been instrumental in helping an estimated 50 million people Continue reading

Getting the Public Involved in the Fight Against Human Trafficking with Technology

World Day against Trafficking in Persons  logoLast week on one hot June afternoon in Bangkok, a regional conference on human trafficking took place at the Shangri-La hotel. The setting at first glance seemed nothing out of the ordinary for an event of this sort. A grand conference room in a five star hotel crowded with national delegations, NGOs and international organisations. Continue reading

‘A Thousand Cuts’ Destroying Two-State Solution, Top United Nations Middle East Envoy Tells Security Council during Quarterly Debate

Calling for decisive action to reverse the growing perception that the two-State solution was dying a death “by a thousand cuts”, the top United Nations Middle East envoy today urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to engage in a broad political framework with the goal of achieving a final status agreement, during the Security Council’s quarterly open debate on the subject. Continue reading

New initiative looks to bring soils into classrooms around the globe

FAO dig it guideA new series of educational materials is teaching children the importance of healthy soils for our food, environment, livelihoods and well-being. Developed by FAO and the Washington D.C.-based National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) as part of the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS2015), the materials target children aged 5 to 14, using word games, puzzles, drawing activities and other interactive elements. Continue reading

Security for all – a collective responsibility

As Fiji dug deep in a collective soul-searching exercise over the brutal rape of a nine-year-old in broad daylight, a group comprising civil society actors, legislators, senior civil servants, security officers, academics, and other observers including youth representatives gathered in Suva for a two-day symposium: Security partnerships: Future challenges for Fiji. Continue reading