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UNAIDS Executive Director Expresses Concern Over Crisis In CAR

Business Day: UNAIDS boss alarmed at looming CAR humanitarian tragedy “Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director, on Wednesday night expressed concern at the looming humanitarian tragedy in the Central African Republic (CAR), characterized by the unprecedented political, social, and security crisis. Sidibé, who was visiting CAR to participate in a joint…

U.N. Orders Syrian Government To Allow Delivery Of Humanitarian Aid

New York Times: U.N. Orders Both Sides in Syria to Allow Humanitarian Aid “In a rare show of unity among world powers, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday ordering the warring parties in Syria to stop blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid, though without the…

WHO Launches Cholera Vaccination Campaign In South Sudan

Media sources report on the WHO’s launch of a cholera vaccination program in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: WHO launches anti-cholera drive in conflict-torn S. Sudan “The World Health Organization began a campaign on Saturday to prevent outbreaks of cholera in temporary camps in South Sudan housing thousands of people who…

UNICEF Launches $2.2B Appeal To Aid Children In Crisis Situations

U.N. News Centre: UNICEF launches record $2.2 billion aid appeal to help children in emergencies “The United Nations today launched a $2.2 billion appeal to help nearly 60 million children in crisis situations, the majority of whom are in and around war-torn Syria. The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ‘Humanitarian Action…

U.S., U.N. Officials Urge Syria To Allow Unfettered Humanitarian Aid Access

News outlets highlight comments from U.S. and U.N. officials on the delivery of humanitarian aid in Syria, where the U.N. and its partners say an entire generation of children is at risk. The Hill’s “Floor Action”: Kaine: ‘World will be watching’ if Syria blocks humanitarian aid “Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)…

Secretary Kerry Hosts Discussion On Ending, Preventing Sexual Violence In Conflict

According to a U.S. Department of State press release, Secretary of State John Kerry will host a discussion focused “on the United States, United Nations, and United Kingdom’s joint efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict situations and ongoing efforts to protect and empower vulnerable populations during…

Blog Summarizes Changes To Foreign Food Aid Under Farm Bill

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ “Global Food for Thought” blog summarizes the 2014 Agricultural Act’s impact on international food aid, writing, “The Act contained reform measures, designed to increase the flexibility and effectiveness of the food aid program. According to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, the Act will allow the…

U.S. Releases Annual Global Report On Human Rights

The U.S. Department of State released its annual report on human rights on Thursday, with remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry and further remarks by Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Uzra Zeya. Several news outlets discuss findings of the report. Associated Press:…

Humanitarian Crisis In Syria Poses Challenges For Aid Groups

News outlets report on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and how the U.S. and the international community are responding. Associated Press: U.N. chief: 20 years after Rwanda, Syria shameful “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that 20 years after the Rwanda genocide the international community’s collective failure to prevent…

Violence Grips South Sudan; Aid Groups Struggle To Provide Assistance

News outlets report on continuing violence in South Sudan, where humanitarian aid groups are struggling to provide assistance amid the destruction of hospitals and other facilities. Associated Press/ABC News: Scenes of Death in South Sudan: ‘No Humanity Here’ “…Human Rights Watch said Thursday that both government and rebel forces are…