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GLOBAL: Emergency education gains ground
13 November 2008 (IRIN ), Humanitarian policy-makers have endorsed internationally-agreed standards on rebuilding education sectors shattered by crises, in a move experts say shows that education is increasingly being regarded as life-saving.
GLOBAL: Tight belts, tough choices for charities
13 November 2008 (IRIN ), Humanitarian organisations face tough choices if the global financial crisis affects their income, as some analysts predict. Although it is too soon to predict the full impact of the crisis on funding, some agencies told IRIN they were reviewing possible cutbacks and some have started tightening their belts.
GLOBAL: G20 "must stand by aid pledges"
11 November 2008 (IRIN ), Leaders of the top 20 industrial and big emerging-market countries will be asked to reaffirm their commitments to development assistance at the emergency summit on 15 November convened by President George W Bush to address the global financial crisis.
DRC: What will stop the fighting?
10 November 2008 (IRIN ), A pledge by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to complement UN peacekeeping forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with SADC soldiers does not take account of the regional body's limited military capacity, a military analyst told IRIN.
GLOBAL: New “business model” for humanitarian aid – top UN official
10 November 2008 (IRIN ), John Holmes, UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, has been in Dubai attending the inaugural Summit on the Global Agenda held by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) in partnership with the government of Dubai (7-9 November).
SOUTHERN AFRICA: The elephant in the room
7 November 2008 (IRIN ), South African National Parks (SANParks) controversially auctioned off 47 metric tonnes (mt) of stockpiled ivory on 6 November, earning the government conservation agency US$6.7 million.
GLOBAL: Falling foul of the Fund
4 November 2008 (IRIN ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was formed in 2001 for the purpose of setting up an innovative approach to providing finance to combat the three diseases that kill more than six million people worldwide every year.
AFRICA: Investment key to doubling rice production
3 November 2008 (IRIN ), Greater investment to double rice production in Africa is needed to reduce food insecurity as well as improve livelihoods, specialists urged.
GLOBAL: UN chief calls for protection of migrants amid financial crisis
29 October 2008 (IRIN ), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on countries battered by the financial crisis to keep their doors open to foreign workers, stressing that migration could be used to help lift them out of economic gloom.
GLOBAL: No room for complacency about bird flu - experts
27 October 2008 (IRIN ), Some success has been achieved in reducing avian influenza outbreaks in poultry and humans, but the world must still be prepared to tackle an influenza pandemic, experts at an international conference in Egypt have said.

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