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State Department, USAID Commemorate World Humanitarian Day

In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry commemorated World Humanitarian Day, recognized on August 19, saying, “This is an important day for all of us to pause and join with our colleagues in honoring the committed staff who work to save the lives of others, often at great risk…

GlobalPost Examines MSF’s Decision To Leave Somalia

GlobalPost examines Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) “decision to pull out of Somalia [last] week after 22 years of medical humanitarian work,” noting, “The international group … is withdrawing from the country in response to repeated violent attacks on staff members.” The news service writes, “It’s too soon to predict exactly how…

U.K. Development Secretary Asks International Community To Fulfill Syrian Aid Commitments

“Justine Greening, the U.K. international development secretary, has urged countries to fulfill their aid commitments to Syria as the country faces a humanitarian ‘crisis of catastrophic proportions,'” The Guardian reports. “[W]e’re all starting to take a longer-term view … at some point, we want to see Syria being rebuilt. We…

U.N. Appeals For Humanitarian Aid To Assist North Korea With Food, Health Care, Sanitation

“U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon … on Thursday [welcomed an appeal] for funding to urgently provide food, health care and sanitation to millions of North Koreans, stressing that donors should not be deterred by the reclusive state’s nuclear ambitions,” Reuters reports (Nichols, 8/15). The U.N. “said $98 million is urgently needed…

The Guardian Examines Global Partnership On Effective Development Cooperation

The Guardian reports on the Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation, “the only forum for aid donors and recipients, emerging economies, civil society, the private sector and foundations to focus on the quality of development assistance.” Nearly two years after its unveiling at the 2011 Fourth High-Level Forum (HLF4) in…

MSF Pulls Out Of Somalia After 22 Years Due To Attacks On Staff

“Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pulling out of Somalia after 22 years because of attacks on its staff, cutting off hundreds of thousands of people from vital treatment,” The Guardian reports. “MSF — also known as Doctors Without Borders — said its hand was forced by ‘extreme attacks on its…

Global Community Must Help Haiti Recover From ‘Double Tragedy’ Of Earthquake, Cholera

The Washington Post’s August 12 editorial on Haiti “rightly drew attention to the heavy and tragic toll of the cholera epidemic and the continued need for more resources and support,” and the U.N. “shares The Post’s concern,” Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, writes in a Washington Post…

U.N. Agencies Voice Concern Over Humanitarian Situation In CAR

“United Nations humanitarian agencies [on Tuesday] voiced deep concern over the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), where hundreds of thousands of people continue to be affected by lawlessness and insecurity, and widespread fear is reported among residents,” the U.N. News Centre reports (8/13). “The U.N. refugee agency [UNHCR]…

Drought In Namibia Leaves Roughly One-Third Of Country’s Population Food Insecure

“Namibia’s worst drought in three decades has left roughly one-third of the country’s population moderately or severely food insecure,” according to UNICEF, Nature World News reports (Kemsley, 8/12). “According to the country’s Directorate for Disaster Risk Management, all 13 regions have been affected by the drought, with major shortages of…