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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.

Low and middle income countries are leaving disabled adolescents behind

There are between 93 million and 150 million children and adolescents around the world with a disability, and of these 80% live in low and middle income countries where 80% of disabled people live below the poverty line.

UN agreement brings hope to climate migrants

Whether it is floods, droughts or hurricanes, communities facing climate change risks have gained vital protection after their plight has been recognised for the first time thanks to a global migration agreement.

55,000 children are unable to receive assistance due to Syria’s offensive

The worst displacement in the seven-year war caused by President Bashar al-Assad’s offensive has resulted in an estimated 55,000 children being cut off from aid and risk hunger in Syria.

Fuego eruption: 85% have lost their livlihood

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has revealed that 85% of people affected by Volcán de Fuego’s eruption in Guatemala last month lost their source of income or their business. The survey also found that 43% of those affected were left without land for agricultural activities.

Disaster resilience could be transformed by a Global Disaster Database

A new Global Disaster Database is hoping to use data from satellite imagery, geographic information systems and risk maps with existing information of disaster loss and damage to reduce the impacts of disasters.

International organisations increase support to Central America amid migrant crisis

International organisations are increasing their support to the migration crisis in Central America and will support the ongoing efforts of local civil society groups.

UNAIDS warns that we will not meet the 2020 HIV targets if current trends continue

UNAIDS’ new report ‘Miles to go—closing gaps, breaking barriers, righting injustices’ has warned that countries are lagging behind the 2020 target for HIV reduction.

Brazil’s infant mortality is increasing for the first time since 1990

The number of infant deaths has risen in Brazil for the first time since 1990 a recent report has found. The increase is alarming for Brazil as it is often considered a model of poverty alleviation.

Less than 15% of asylum-seeking children on the Greek Islands received an education in 2017

A report by Human Rights Watch reveals that asylum-seeking children in Greece are often denied education due to a European Union-backed migration policy which leaves those children on the Aegean islands.

Over 30% of people still do not have adequate sanitation

The UN high-level political forum (HLPF) is held annually to focus on different and effective goals. This year, the forum aims to accelerate progress towards clean water and decent toilets for each person by 2030: Sustainable Development Goal 6.

Productivity of fisheries will be reduced by 12% 2050 because of climate change

The warming of the world’s oceans, which is expected to worsen, has led to the spread of aquatic diseases and an invasion of fetid seaweed. It halts fishing boats from navigating to the sea, affecting millions of people’s livelihoods.

More support for Haiti and Panama is needed, UN relief chief said

Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, concluded his first official mission to the Caribbean country and Panama.

Failure to educate girls could cost the world $30 trillion per year, the World Bank said

Nearly 132 million girls aged 6 to 17 are not educated. The failure to allow girls to attend school could cost the world up to $30 trillion a year in lost earnings and productivity, the World Bank said.

Ineffective health care may take place across all countries, WHO warns

A new report conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners revealed the global dangers of poor quality health care.

Disaster displacement can be reduced by better risk management

Last year, 18.8 million people were displaced by extreme weather events such as floods, storms, and earthquakes in 135 countries around the world.

Climate change will cost developing countries billions in interest

A new study from the Imperial College Business School has revealed that poor countries could have to pay $168 billion more in interest over the next ten years as natural disasters and extreme weather events increase.

What were the most neglected displacement crises of 2017?

Each year the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) releases a list of the ten most neglected displacement crises. The report focuses on crises which have received a lack of attention from the international community and seeks to raise awareness of them to drive action.

How could crowdsourced apps improve disaster response?

A crowdsourced mobile app was used for the time during an emergency response drill in Fiji this week. The geoBingAn app allows individuals to share information on disasters such as floods, landslides and tsunamis as well as their personal needs during emergencies via smartphone or text.

Thousands of deaths in childbirth could be prevented thanks to a new drug

A study partly led by the World Health Organisation has found that a new drug could save the lives of thousands of mothers in low and middle income countries.

‘Lessons learnt on Early Warning Systems during the 2017 Caribbean Hurricane Season’

The World Meteorological Organisation, the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and a gender expert have released a review into the 2017 Caribbean hurricane season as part of the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative.

UNHCR calls for more trees to be planted in countries and an refugee communities

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has called for more trees to be planted in countries and areas that are home to large numbers of refugees.

WMO to step up action on water

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has amended its water strategy in light of unprecedented water threats posed by water stress, drought, flooding and lack of access to clean water.

50% of the World’s refugees live in just three countries

The Norwegian Refugee Council has revealed that just three countries are home to over half of all off the world’s refugees: Turkey, Bangladesh and Uganda.

Latest OCHA report finds 2017 was a record breaking year for humanitarian crises

The United Nations Office for the Coordination on Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released its Annual Report yesterday, 11 June 2018. The yearly report notes the actions and activities of OCHA and other UN and civil society partners in humanitarian crises.

WHO confirms Paraguay has eliminated Malaria

The World Health Organisation have today certified that Paraguay has eliminated Malaria, the first country in the Americas to achieve this health landmark since Cuba in 1973.

Historic investment into female education announced at G7

At the G7 Summit last week Canada, the European Union, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the World Bank announced a historical investment into education for women and girls in crisis situations.

WHO and WMO to work together to protect against climate, weather and atmospheric threats

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have signed a legal agreement to protect communities using ‘relevant and authoritative’ data on the weather, climate and atmosphere.

Use nature-based solutions to overcome water insecurity, urges UN

The UN’s annual World Water Development Report 2018 has highlighted the need to use nature to combat the challenges of a growing population and climate change.

Hurricane Maria death toll estimate increases to 4,600

A new report in the New England Journal of Medicine has challenged the official government death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Climate change could displace millions, warns World Bank

The World Bank has warned that climate change could push tens of millions of people in the developing world to migrate both inside and outside their own countries.

World Bank and WHO set up Global Preparedness Monitoring Board for global health

The World Bank and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have launched a new mechanism to improve global health security through independent reporting and monitoring of preparedness to overcome disease outbreaks, pandemics and health emergencies.

EU to boost aid spending for education in emergencies

The European Union has set new targets to spend 10% of its humanitarian aid to education in emergencies in 2019.

By the end of 2017 there were 300,000 registered Central American Refugees

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has noted an alarming increase in the number of people experiencing forced displacement in Northern Central America. Most of these are fleeing conflict and violence.

30 million people were internally displaced in 2017

The International Displacement Monitoring Centre and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have reported that over 30 million people were internally displaced in 2017. This is the equivalent to 80,000 each day.

2.5 billion to live in cities by 2050

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) have released their latest report on urban and rural estimations titled ‘2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects’.