Global Issues

Peak youth - seizing the moment

LONDON, 25 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - We have accepted the concept “peak oil” - the point where oil production goes into an irreversible decline. Now we are being asked to contemplate that we are also rapidly approaching “peak youth”, when there will be more young people than ever before in the history of the planet, and when young people as a proportion of the population will reach a maximum, before starting to drop. full report

IRIN's top reads this week

DUBAI, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - IRIN's reading list offers the top reads for those in the humanitarian sector every week. full report

PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN

GENEVA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor full report

ICN2: Feast and famine - trends in nutrition

DUBAI/BANGKOK, 17 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - More than 20 years on from the first ever International Conference on Nutrition, its successor is due to take place in Rome this week. Yet what do those in the nutrition sector think should be focussed upon? full report

Trade and transfat in the Pacific

BANGKOK, 17 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - Diminished agricultural production and unhealthy imports are contributing to some of the world’s highest obesity and diabetes rates in the Pacific Islands. Thousands of kilometres away from this backdrop, high-level officials are gathering for the only second-ever global nutrition conference in Rome, starting 19 November, to consolidate agreement on an international framework to improve nutrition. full report

Crypto-currencies and the aid industry

BANGKOK, 13 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - Meet Bitcoin: An encrypted digital currency the value of which has fluctuated sharply in recent years. It does not exist physically, there is no authority that oversees it, and you need Internet access to manage it. This might not sound like a formula for humanitarian success. However, experts say, Bitcoin offers important lessons for aid delivery in situations with weak (or destroyed) institutions. full report

Inside the Ebola hot zone

NAIROBI, 13 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - Follow Emmanuel Adelekah as he collects the bodies of Ebola’s victims in Freetown… see the latest epidemiological stats on our interactive maps… read frontline reportage from the heart of the outbreak… catch up on the latest analysis… All this and much more is included in our multimedia production, Inside the Ebola Hot Zone. full report

The case for including migration in the post-2015 agenda

BANGKOK, 11 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire at the end of 2015, campaigners are calling for the inclusion of migrant worker protections in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), noting that migrants contribute billions to reducing poverty - often at great cost to their personal safety and well-being. full report

NGOs in the anti-terror trap *

LONDON, 11 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - The US anti-terrorism laws introduced since the World Trade Centre attacks are a minefield for humanitarian agencies and international NGOs, varying widely in their application from one country to another and targeting a whole variety of different political groups and individuals. The US-based NGO alliance, Interaction, says it needs six full time staff members just to ensure compliance with anti-diversion policies, two of whom spend most of their time checking partners against various anti-terrorism and other lists. full report

An ambitious plan to end statelessness

LONDON, 7 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - It is now 60 years since stateless people received recognition in international law, and the UN has two conventions (1954 and 1961) dedicated to their protection and the regularization of their situation. Yet an estimated 10 million people worldwide still suffer the problems and indignities of having no nationality. full report

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