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AP Examines U.N. At 70, Debate Over Future Structure, Mission

Associated Press: Syria, Ebola Failures Highlight U.N. Shortcomings “The worsening war in Syria, allegations of child sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeepers and the mishandling of the Ebola epidemic cast a spotlight on the inadequacies of the United Nations in a globalized world, operating with a power structure that hasn’t changed…

U.N. General Assembly President Calls On All Nations To Help Solve Global Refugee Crisis

U.N. News Centre: All countries must contribute to solving global refugee crisis, says General Assembly President “All countries must contribute to solving the global refugee crisis, the president of the United Nations General Assembly said today, underscoring that the international community has an unequivocal obligation towards the women, men, and…

U.S. Announces $419M In Additional Aid To Assist Syrian Refugees

News outlets report on the Obama administration’s announcement of additional aid to respond to Syrian refugees. The Hill: U.S. pledges another $419M to Syrian refugees “The United States will donate an additional $419 million in humanitarian aid to address the plight of refugees fleeing Syria, the White House said Monday.…

ODI Report Suggests Providing Cash Transfers Effective In Humanitarian Crises

Humanosphere: Giving cash is key to alleviate humanitarian crises, report finds Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses findings from a report convened by the Overseas Development Institute on humanitarian cash transfers, writing, “The bottom line is that aid agencies, governments, and the U.N. need to give more cash” to people affected…

U.S. To Provide $89M In Additional Humanitarian Aid To Yemen

Newsweek: U.S. Announces $89 Million in Humanitarian Aid to Yemen “The U.S. will provide $89 million in additional humanitarian aid to war-torn Yemen, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced Wednesday. The funding will go toward food assistance, safe drinking water, and medical care for the nearly 80…

Blocked From Eastern Ukraine, Aid Agencies Concerned Civilians Unprepared For Winter Months

Washington Post: In eastern Ukraine, most Western aid agencies have been blocked “Nearly all Western humanitarian organizations have been blocked from operating in separatist-controlled parts of eastern Ukraine for close to two months, and they fear that unless the situation is reversed, civilians could lose access to critical assistance when…

Nepal’s Poor Water System Worsened By Earthquakes

New York Times: Earthquakes Compound Nepal’s Water Worries “…[Nepal] is one of the world’s poorest countries, and two-thirds of the population lives without toilets. Water pipes in major cities are old and crumbling — a situation made worse by the earthquake that devastated Kathmandu in April…” (McNeil, 9/16).

Global Leaders Must Recommit To Universal Declaration Of Human Rights To Achieve SDGs

Huffington Post: To Achieve Sustainable Development Goals, Leaders Must Focus on Human Rights Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights “…The truth is this: we will only achieve the development goals we share as a global community if we ensure the dignity and…

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