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The Humanitarian Clock Is Ticking, The Powerful Feign Deafness

ROME – The humanitarian clock is now ticking away faster than ever, with over 130 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in dire need of assistance.

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Humanitarian Summit, The Big Fiasco

ISTANBUL – The World Humanitarian Summit held in Istanbul on May 23-24, failed to achieve its fund raising goals. With the exception of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, none from the Group of the richest courtiers or of the UN Security Council attended. And the Summit could not mobilise the much-needed resources it had hoped for.

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COP21: A climate agreement in the interest of the vulnerable?

After two weeks of intense negotiations, the COP21 talks finally produced a landmark Paris Agreement among the close to 200 countries that participated to fight global warming. The 2015 climate change conference has been the most complicated and difficult negotiations, yet most important for humanity, observed UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Report by Kofi Adu Domfeh.

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Development Aid on the Decline, Warns New Study

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed fears last month that increases in humanitarian aid to thousands of refugees invading Europe could result in sharp cuts on development aid by Western donors.

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Refugee Crisis May Threaten Development Aid to World’s Poor

As the spreading refugee crisis threatens to destabilize national budgets of donor nations in Western Europe, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday appealed to the international community not to forsake its longstanding commitment for development assistance to the world’s poorer nations.

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UN chief calls for financing mechanism that ‘leaves no one behind’

The 190 members of the United Nations are expected to agree on how to finance the 17 SDGs, which include ending poverty and hunger, combating climate change and achieving gender equality by 2030.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has urged negotiators of the financing mechanism for the next 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that the deal “leaves no one behind.” continue reading »

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