Indigenous groups in Colombia this week suspended the process of prior consultation related to the implementation of the peace deal with the FARC, saying that the government has not shown a genuine desire to include them in matters related to ethnic development.
The world’s leading economies set to meet in Italy need to step up to avert famine in Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia, and address the existing famine in South Sudan, Oxfam officials said.
Today the World Health Organization (WHO) voted in a new director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia, in a contentious and unprecedented election. But yesterday, in her final speech to the World Health Assembly, outgoing Director-General Margaret Chan chose to address the political unrest beyond Geneva that has many questioning the relevance and future of the WHO.
A bill that would add an additional layer of background checks for Iraqi and Syrian refugees before they enter the U.S. is again under consideration by Congress. The International Rescue Committee condemned the bill, saying it “undermines” U.S. leadership on protecting refugees.
More than 300,000 children traveled alone as refugees or migrants in 2015 and 2016 – a fivefold increase from 2010 – UNICEF officials said today, reflecting a surge in the number of people fleeing conflict and poverty. UNICEF officials hope that the data will move the seven leading economies to adopt measures at the G7 Summit in Italy that would protect refugee and migrant children. Meanwhile, the U.S. is putting pressure on the Italian government to drop the topic of migration from the G7 meeting later this month.
Japan may be more ready than ever to join the new China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and, according to a senior official of Japan’s ruling party, must make a decision soon.
At a time of continuous political fighting, the President Donald Trump made an announcement that is winning praise from NGOs, activists and politicians. The administration nominated Mark Green, a former ambassador to Tanzania and current president of the International Republican Institute, to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The U.S. government this week suspended $21 million in aid funding to the Ministry of Health in Kenya over allegations of corruption.
The so-called skinny budget proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump has international development experts concerned about the fate of public health, poverty reduction and other development programs in countries around the world.
In the face of tremendous global turmoil related to conflict, migration and trade, nations increasingly turned their backs on one another and international cooperation suffered in 2016, according to a new survey.