Global Issues

Resilience planning – some do’s and don’ts

BANGKOK, 26 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - Among the topics being discussed at the 2014 World Climate Week in New York City (22-26 September), are financing resilient cities, corporate actions for resilience, the ways data can support resilience moves, and women’s leadership in resilience planning. full report

Ebola and "the perfect storm"

LONDON, 24 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - The new figures from the World Health Organization's (WHO) Ebola Response Team are sobering. If cases in the three worst affected countries continue to rise at the present rate, by the beginning of November more than 20,000 people in West Africa will have been infected. And despite earlier suggestions that this might be a less deadly strain of the Ebola virus, allowing half its victims to recover, the new figures show a much higher fatality rate, in the region of 70 percent. full report

Is the EU doing enough to prevent migrant deaths at sea?

JOHANNESBURG, 19 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - The news that up to 850 lives were lost in the Mediterranean this past weekend as a result of five shipwrecks of boats carrying migrants has sparked a new round of calls for the European Union (EU) to take more responsibility for preventing deaths at sea. full report

FILM: Ultimate Betrayal – Cambodia’s orphanage scandal

NAIROBI, 18 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - IRIN is proud to announce the launch of Ultimate Betrayal, a film by award-winning film maker Nicky Lankester. full report

Rethink needed on humanitarian funding for national NGOs

DAKAR, 15 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - With humanitarian aid effectiveness high on the agenda of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, there is much talk of how to reform humanitarian financing to make it more inclusive of national NGOs, but risk aversion will slow progress, say analysts. full report

Analysis: Rethinking global drug policy

NEW YORK, 15 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - What would the world look like if governments - instead of crime syndicates - controlled drug markets and drug use was decriminalized? full report

Coordination between industry sectors key to easing water scarcity

STOCKHOLM, 12 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - Manufacturing, agriculture and energy sectors are going to have to coordinate their water use much more efficiently if water scarcity is to be avoided, say experts. full report

Global conversation on humanitarian action kicks off

LONDON, 9 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - The event itself is still nearly two years away, but already the "pre-summits" are in full swing. Concept notes have been written, regional consultations have started, and online forums are open for comments - all leading up to the World Humanitarian Summit itself, scheduled to take place in Turkey, probably during May 2016. full report

Concern over World Bank proposals to roll back safeguards for indigenous people

BANGKOK, 3 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - Activists warn of a harmful regression in the World Bank's safeguard policies, claiming that proposed changes being considered this autumn could weaken the rights of indigenous people, and others in danger of displacement and abuse as a result of Bank-funded development projects. full report

Does the global HIV response understand sex?

MELBOURNE, 28 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards "sex positive" approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection. full report

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