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Mental health support should be a major priority for Refugees

While major physical epidemics, such as viral diseases receive major recognition and aid, mental health of refugees often receives less attention.

Acting on climate change is critical for human health, urge WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a special report at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) highlighting that acting on climate change is critical for improving human health, and warning of the health risks associated with climate change.

5 December 2018- World Soil Day

World Soil Day is celebrated annually on the 5th of December at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters in Rome, the regional offices and through national and local events.

A new perspective: Turning rain water into a resource

Cities can utilise the effects of climate change in a positive way by considering floods as a natural process that can be worked with, rather than resisted, in urban planning.

FAO appeals for $1 billion to support 31 million experiencing extreme hunger

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations’ (FAO) 2019 Humanitarian Country Appeals Snapshot the number of people experiencing severe hunger is continuing to rise, totally 124 million people across 51 countries.

United Nations appeals for $738 million to support Venezuelan migrants

The United Nations announced earlier this week that it was seeking $738 million to support neighbouring South American countries with an influx of Venezuelan migrants and refugees.

UN warns 132 million will need humanitarian assistance in 2019

Today, 4th December 2018, UNOCHA released their 2019 Global Humanitarian Overview to present detailed, prioritised and costed plans for responding to humanitarian emergencies worldwide.

Humanitarian crises have increased in number and duration, warns UNOCHA

The World Humanitarian Data and Trends report, released by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), studies humanitarian data from the last five years to provide evidence based advice on how best to respond to humanitarian crises.

To fight climate change World Bank allocates additional $200bn

The World Bank is set to make a total of $200bn (£157bn) available to fund action on climate change from 2021-25, helping countries adapt to the effects of global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This increase in funding for 2021-2025 represents a doubling of the original amount allocated for the 5-year plan, according to an article by the Guardian.

As global vaccination coverage falls, measles cases surge

According to a report from the World Health Organisation, numerous countries have experienced a spike in measles cases in recent years. Due to gaps in vaccination coverage, it is estimated that 110,000 people have died.

World Aids Day: 1 December

Tomorrow, 1st December 2018, marks World Aids Day, a day that rallies support for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. It commemorates those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses and to show support for people living with the disease.

New partnership to address increasing levels of internal displacement announced

A new partnership has been announced between the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) to provide solutions to tens of millions of internally displaced people.

Costa Rica urged to consider climate change when creating budgets

Costa Rica is prone to experiencing extreme weather events such as hurricanes and tropical storms. It is predicted that climate change will increase the frequency and severity of these weather events.

Climate change is the biggest threat to human health, doctors warn

According to a recent report in The Lancet Medical Journal, climate change will bring with it unique and devastating health impacts that risk overwhelming healthcare systems.

Every country is falling short of malnutrition targets, warns report

The Global Humanitarian Assistance Programme has released its 2018 Global Nutrition Report which reveals alarmingly high levels of malnutrition in every country of the world.

Nuclear technology is essential to achieving SDGs, says FAO

According to Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), technology and innovation are necessary tools to achieve a world without malnutrition and hunger.

New technology empowers India’s women farmers

Since its inception almost a decade ago, JEEVIKA, a World Bank program that supports Bihar’s rural communities, has mobilised more than nine million women into self-help and producers groups.

Caribbean creates new early warning system to increase climate resilience

An initiative to improve multi-hazard early warning systems during the dry-season Caribbean Climate Forum (CariCOF) has been launched in Barbados.

1 million children will go without life-saving supplies this winter, warn UNICEF

UNICEF has warned that nearly 1 million children across the Middle East and North Africa will be affected by a funding crisis this winter and will not receive life-saving supplies and cash assistance.

According to a UNICEF report, poor, urban children more disadvantaged than rural peers

According to a new report from UNICEF titled “Advantage or Paradox: The Challenge for children and young people of growing up urban”, millions of the world’s poorest urban children are less likely to complete primary school than their rural peers.

ICRC uses Christmas advert to raise awareness of people missing in disasters and conflict

The International Committee of the Red Cross has noted a significant increase in #missing persons and is currently searching for over 100,000 persons, its highest number for 15 years.

EU funds €12 million project in support of global food security, UN reports

The European Union, FAO and its Rome-based UN partner agencies, with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), signed a €12 million deal that will lend EU backing to three separate programs designed to tackle diverse aspects of food security and rural development, the FAO reported today.

820 million remain malnourished as progress in eliminating hunger stalls

In collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has organised a global conference to achieve Zero Hunger worldwide.

As progress in eradicating hunger stalls, 820 million people remain malnourished notes FAO

In collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has organised a global conference to achieve #ZeroHunger worldwide.

Decreased remittance fees to improve the quality of education in developing countries, says UN

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNSECO) , decreasing fees that migrant workers pay to send to money home could create an extra $1 billion to be spenton education.

Day care centre in Bogota helps at-risk Venezuelan children cope with the adaptation process

According to a report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Venezuelan children travelling to Colombia are often underweight and susceptible to assault.

UNESCO: More needs to be done to include refugee and migrant children in education systems

According to UNESCO’s 2019 Global Education Monitoring report, the number of migrant and refugee school-aged children worldwide has increased since 2000 by 26 percent and could fill half a million classrooms.

UNICEF brings safe drinking water to rural villages in Syria

In collaboration with the United Kingdom, UNICEF has delivered safe drinking water to 25 villages in east rural Hama.

IOM provides safe spaces and mental health services for displaced families and children in Yemen

Statistics have shown that nearly 19 million are food insecure, while 22 million are in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen

Health crisis plagues Venezuela while many continue to suffer

According to a report from Human Rights Watch, Venezuela is in the middle of a critical health crisis.

Qatar Fund for Development aims to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Africa

The Qatar Fund for Development considers healthcare as one of the highest priority sectors, being part of the Sustainable Development Goals notably the third goal to ensure healthy lives and well-being for everyone

WHO warns that global progress on Malaria is stalling

The World Health Organisation’s ‘World Malaria Report 2018’ has warned that progress in tackling malaria is stalling, with no significant improvement between 2015 and 2017.

19 November 2018 - World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day, celebrated on 19th November, is about taking action to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030.

DFID commits £200 million to family planning services

The UK Government has announced a new £200 million programme to support family planning and contraceptives in 27 countries across Africa and Asia.

620 million children lack access to decent toilets at school

A recent report by WaterAid has revealed that 620 million children around the world do not have access to proper toilets at school. This threatens their health, safety and education, the charity warned.

Schools in Gaza close as fighting threatens safety of children and teachers

According to a report from TheirWorld, an outbreak of violence has prompted action from the UN agency that educates 270,000 children in Gaza.

$1 billion committed to improve health for women and children

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) has dedicated US -$1.005 billion to improve the health and nutritional needs of women, children and adolescents in at-risk communities.

Biodiversity loss could cause humans to become the first species to document our own extinction

The world must turn its attention to the rapid biodiversity loss that is occurring around the world or humanity could become the first species to document our own extinction, warns the United Nation’s biodiversity chief.

Mediterranean Sea route claims over 2,000 lives in 2018

In recent years the Mediterranean Sea has proven to be the deadliest sea route for refugees and migrants seeking asylum in Europe. Last week it was reported that the death toll for 2018 has exceeded 2,000 people.

WHO warns that air pollution is “the new tobacco”

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said recently that “air pollution is the “new tobacco”” and that the simple act of breathing is killing 7 million people a year and harming billions more.

Climate change puts Great barrier reef at risk of widespread bleaching this summer

Mass bleaching and coral death is expected along the entire Great Barrier Reef this summer, according to a long-range forecast that coral experts say is “a wake-up call” for the Australian government.

European Parliament completes ban on single-use plastics

The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastic products across the union to stop the pollution of our oceans.

24 October 2018 - World Development Information Day, United Nations Day

For the last 45 years, the 24th October has marked the UN’s World Development Information Day. The purpose of this observance is to draw the attention of people around the world to development problems and address the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them.

unsafe drinking water in schools in Basra puts Thousands of children at risk

In a report published on Tuesday, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warned that more than 277,000 children are at risk of contracting water-borne diseases in schools that have just reopened in Basra, where water and sanitation facilities have totally collapsed.

New ways to measure and address poverty highlighted by World Bank

The World Bank’s 2018 Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report explores how poverty is changing and introduces new ways to monitor our progress toward ending it.

World Heritage Sites and marine life suffering from side effects of climate change

Coastal World Heritage Sites on the Mediterranean Sea are the latest areas to fall victim to the widespread complications of climate change.

Relief efforts for Afghanistan drought receive $34.6 million from UN

The United Nations’ Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF) and Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) have allocated $34.6 million in emergency aid to support 2.2 million people affected by a severe drought, according to a report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

16 october is World Food Day and the 73rd anniversary of FAO

Today is World Food Day and the 73rd anniversary of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation. As one of the most celebrated days in the UN’s calendar, events organized by FAO country offices, governments, local authorities and other partners in over 130 countries across the world will call for increased action to achieve Zero Hunger.

13 October 2018 marks International Day For Disaster Reduction

The United Nations’ International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is annually observed on 13 October to raise the profile of disaster risk reduction. Since its creation in 1989, the global observance also encourages governments to participate in building more resilient communities and nations.

Venezuelan migrants in Colombia receive more funding from UNHCR

With over 4,000 Venezuelans entering Colombia each day, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) chief Filippo Grandi said Colombia is showing “extraordinary solidarity” towards Venezuelans displaced amid the country’s on-going economic and political crisis.

Syria’s agricultural production limited by conflict and erratic weather

A recent report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) shows the troubling effects that severe weather and prolonged conflict have had on Syria and the country’s agricultural output.

To slow climate change, companies focus on reducing food waste

With the recent release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change, the need to address climate change is at the forefront of global conversations. Wasteless, an Israeli firm seeking to reduce food waste, is doing their part to slow climate change and reduce global hunger by reducing the amount of food that goes to waste in the world.

Refugees around the world faced with dangerous winter weather conditions

Refugees from Syria, Iraq, and in Greece face the threat of freezing temperatures as winter weather approaches.

IPCC report shows grim realities of climate change

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), consisting of some of the world’s top scientists, concluded that global warming is likely to reach dangerous levels unless new technologies are developed to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, new report shows.

12 reported dead in Haiti after earthquake and aftershock

At least 12 are dead and up to 188 are injured as the result of a magnitude 5.9 earthquake that shook northern Haiti on Saturday night, the country's interior ministry said Sunday.

Drones used in Costa Rica to monitor deforestation

Deep Forest, a project backed by environmental group Fundecor, is testing drones as a more effective way to monitor Costa Rica’s dense forests from above.

Tobacco industry’s carbon footprint equivalent to that of entire countries

Backed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), a recent study recommends that the price of a packet of cigarettes should rise to reflect the wide-ranging environmental damage caused by the tobacco industry.

IPCC to present key global warming report for world leaders, UN reports

Climate change panel to present key global warming report for world leaders, UN reports The United Nations-run Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its representatives from the 195 member governments are preparing to release the Summary for Policymakers of a report on climate change at a press conference on 8 October.

Recent UNRWA donations provide Palestinian students the opportunity to stay in school

International donors pledged $118 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to help overcome the agency’s financial crisis.

Support grows for the IFFE, single biggest investment in education in history

Earlier in the week, government ministers, donors and development banks backed the funding for the International Finance Facility for Education (IFFE).

1.4 million refugees in Turkey receive aid from EU humanitarian programme

Two years after the launch of the largest humanitarian relief programme in European Union (EU) history, it has provided aid to around 1.4 million refugees in Turkey.

Scientists are genetically engineering mosquitoes to fight against malaria

A team of biologists at Imperial College, London have altered the genetics of the Anopheles Gambiae mosquito, the type mosquito capable of spreading malaria, to curtail the spread of the disease.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria saves 27 million lives

The Global Fund is a non-profit partnership organisation designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria as epidemics.

Greek refugee reception centres pose serious risk to children due to overcrowding

Overcrowding in Greek island reception centres for refugees and migrants has made the conditions for children there increasingly “dire and dangerous”, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

Humanitarian organisations and tech firms partner to create technology to predict famines

The UN, World Bank, and other humanitarian organisations have partnered up with global technology firms in an effort to prevent future famines by using technology.

Research shows flying insects spreading microplastics

A new study, published in the Journal Biology Letters, shows that plastic now contaminates our skies as well as our oceans.

Millions at risk of famine in Yemen, Save the Children reports

Any disruption to food and fuel supplies that comes through Hodeidah port could cause starvation on an unprecedented scale, warns Save the Children.

World hunger is back on the rise after decade long decline, UN says

Over the last 10 years, progress has been made to reduce global hunger, end malnutrition, and build sustainable food systems for impoverished countries. But as climate change and conflict plague communities around the world, global hunger is once again on the rise.

UN chief warns against continued reliance on fossil fuels

United Nations secretary general António Guterres warned that the world is facing “a direct existential threat” if our dependence on fossil fuels is not reduced, or entirely eliminated, by 2020. Guterres called attention to this urgent crisis and the lack of global leadership regarding climate action in a speech on Monday.

600 meter long barrier launched off San Francisco coast to clean up Great Pacific Garbage Patch

This weekend, a 600 meter-long floating barrier was launched off the coast of San Francisco, California, marking the start of a project aimed to remove up to five tonnes of debris from the Pacific Ocean each month

Thousands demonstrate to show support for climate change initiatives

This weekend, demonstrations took place in over 90 countries around the world to call attention to the urgent need to combat climate change.

Lego commits to more sustainable packaging and products by 2025 and 2030

Lego, the 85-year-old Danish toy company, has announced their commitment to create and use more sustainable packing and products in the coming years.

Proportion of migrants dying in Mediterranean increases, says UN

Despite the decline in migration to Europe since its peak in 2015-16, the proportion of those losing their lives on the journey across the Mediterranean continues to rise, according to the UN refugee agency in its latest report.

Four million refugee children are out of school, report UNHCR

The United Nations has warned that over half of the world’s school aged refugees are excluded from education as services in host communities struggle to cope. In a recent report by UNHCR titled ‘Turn the Tide: Refugee Education in Crisis’ has raised awareness of the concerning level of refugee education.

CO2 levels could damage crop nutrition forcing millions into nutrient deficiencies

A new study has revealed that rising carbon emissions could make food crops less nutritious, damaging the health of millions of people, with the world’s poorest likely to be the worst hit.

900 million children go to schools without basic sanitation facilities

A new report from the UN Children’s fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) titled ‘Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools’ has revealed a worrying lack of clean water and sanitation in schools around the world, risking the lives of millions of children.

Global Innovator of the Year Award – Finalists Announced

AIDF are pleased to announce the shortlisted finalists for the AIDF Global Innovator of the Year Award 2018.

Global losses from disasters total $36 billion in the first half of 2018

The Swiss Re Institute’s preliminary sigma has estimated that global economic losses from natural and man-made disasters were USD$36 billion in the first half of 2018. Of the total losses, USD$20 billion were covered by insurance.

Prolonged drought in Central America puts thousands at risk of food insecurity

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has warned that a severe drought is affecting Central America’s Dry Corridor threatening the food security of millions of Central American people.

“We need unity and courage” to tackle global development challenges highlights António Guterres

António Guterres, UN Secretary General, released the Annual Report of the Secretary General on the Work of the Organisation for 2018 this week which measures the progress the organisation has made over the previous year in maintaining peace, protecting human rights and promoting sustainable development.

Natural disasters cost the global economy $520 billion each year

The World Bank estimates that disasters cost the global economy $520 billion each year, forcing 26 million people into poverty. Reducing the impacts of natural disasters is an issue that cuts across all of the Sustainable Goals (SDGs), and has a notable influence on SDG1, no poverty.

A state of emergency is declared in Ecuador as 30,000 Venezuelans enter the country in one week

Every day 5000 Venezuelans are fleeing into their neighbouring countries. They are fleeing violence, insecurity, poverty and a lack of food and medicine. The mass migration of Venezuelans has placed a large amount of strain on neighbouring countries.

New malaria net could save millions of lives

A new malaria bed net, specifically designed to kill insecticide-resistant mosquitoes, has been praised by scientists as a breakthrough in malaria prevention.

SDG 6: how many countries will meet the target?

WaterAid has warned that the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal of universal and equitable access to clean water and sanitation is unlikely to be met by many countries if current trends continue.

Climate disasters have the greatest health impact children

A new report published in PLoS One Medicine has revealed that infants and children are far more vulnerable to the health effects of climate related disasters than adults.

Elections in Mali elevate the kidnap threat to foreign nationals

On 29 July Malians went to the polls to cast their vote in the country’s presidential election.

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FAO is urgently appealing for support, it has only received 30% of 2018 funding requirements so far

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has released its mid-year funding update report, revealing the world’s most underfunded crises which require urgent support.

As increasing numbers flee Nicaragua, UNHCR urges for international support

The UNHCR has called for international support for Costa Rica and other Central American countries offering refuge to those fleeing political tension, violence and human rights violations in Nicaragua.

New disaster notification app launched in the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands has launched a new Disaster Emergency Notification App, developed exclusively for the island.

Over 180,000 people need humanitarian aid urgently in southwestern Syria, says UN

According to Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there are particular concerns for 55,000 civilians who have been restricted by the extremist group Jaysh Khaled Bin Walid (JKBW).

‘We are trapped’, say Syrian Civil Defence in Syria

A senior member of the White Helmets in Syria called on the United Nations to increase government forces to save the lives of colleagues trapped in the south west of the country.

MenStar coalition to increase access to HIV treatment for men

A new $1.2 billion coalition between HIV/AIDS donors, NGOs and pharmaceutical companies has been created to expand the diagnosis and treatment of HIV infections in men, who are less likely to access the services.

Funding cuts threaten major aid supplies for Palestine

Despite significant fundraising activities, UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for providing life-saving support to Palestine refugees, is facing its largest reduction in funding, which is threatening the existence of many of its key assistance programmes.

New HIV infection rate increased in 50 countries last year, states UNAIDS

Due to the continuing rise in HIV infections, UNAIDS has called for countries to strengthen preventive measures and continue to improve access to treatment.

New drug for malaria could save over 8 million lives

A new drug for the treatment of malaria has been approved by the US authorities.

Menstrual health cuts across health, sanitation, education and human rights issues, urge experts

Last week at the UN’s High-Level Political Forum menstrual health received a spot light, despite not being included in the SDGs. The event highlighted how menstrual health cuts across health, sanitation, education and human rights issues.

Refugee health services are still on track despite record-breaking displacement

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)’s latest Annual Public Health Overview, health services have coped with the large numbers of people around the world fleeing conflicts and natural disasters. However, infectious diseases, anaemia and stunting remain areas of concern.