The British election has implications for the future of aid and development. To some extent, as does Britain on foreign aid so does the rest of the world. As the U.S. appears to be retreating from the world’s stage, the U.K. – already the world’s second largest donor – is in position to become the world leader in the fight against poverty and inequity.
The months-long surge of Iraqi forces to retake Mosul continues to force people to flee the city and leaves 100,000 children trapped in the city in “extremely dangerous conditions,” warns UNICEF. Aid organizations are being overwhelmed by both the challenge of trying to reach suffering people within Mosul and providing basic needs to half the city’s population who has fled to outside refugee camps.
Climate experts say Trump’s rationale for reneging on the Paris climate change agreement is based on both a mischaracterization of the pact and also its impact on the United States.
A surge in fighting between rebel groups in the Central African Republic displaced more than 88,000 people in the past month, U.N.’s refugee agency (UNHCR) officials said.
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.