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Humanitarian Summit, The Big Fiasco

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 24 (IPS) - 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.

Humanitarian Summit Aims to Mobilise Up to 30 Billion Dollars

Monday, May 23, 2016

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 23 (IPS) - The two-day World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), opening today May 23 in Istanbul, aims at mobilising between 20 and 30 billion dollars to face the on-gowing, worst-ever humanitarian crises, said Stephen O'Brien, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs andEmergency Relief Coordinator.

Africa: Resolved to Address African Problems Using African Solutions

Sunday, May 22, 2016

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 22 (IPS) - The African Union (AU) representing 54 countries and home to 1,2 billion inhabitants, will be in Istanbul to participate in the May 23-24, 2016, first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) with two key demands—that the international humanitarian system be redefined, and a strong, firm own commitment to itself, to the continent and its people, anchoring on the primacy of the states.

Humanitarian Summit Must Address Weapons Shipments Too

Sunday, May 22, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 22 (IPS) - Boats carrying refugees and boats carrying aid supplies will be on the agenda at the World Humanitarian Summit this week, but advocates say discussing the free flow of shipments carrying bombs and guns might be even more critical.

Refugees Brings Economic Benefits to Cities

Friday, May 20, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 20 (IPS) - Refugees are now more likely to live in cities than in refugee camps, bringing with them planning challenges but also opportunities for economic growth.

‘We Cannot Keep Jumping from Crisis to Crisis’

Friday, May 20, 2016

ROME, May 20 (IPS) - "We cannot keep jumping from crisis to crisis. We have to invest in long-term development that helps people cope with shocks so that they can continue to grow enough food for their communities and not require emergency aid."

China’s Silk Geopolitics

Friday, May 20, 2016

ALICANTE, Spain, May 20 (IPS) - China is changing world geography, or at least trying to do so.

Not in the sense of land and water like the Netherlands, but in the sense of weaving new infrastructures on land, on water, in the air, and on the web.

Now 1 in 2 World’s Refugees Live in Urban Area

Thursday, May 19, 2016

ROME, May 19 (IPS) - It is true that millions of refugees, especially in Africa and the Middle East, reside in camps. But in all they represent only one-quarter of the total number of refugees.

Humanitarian Situation in Yemen Seriously Deteriorating

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 18 (IPS) - The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is very seriously deteriorating, said Office of the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs' (OCHA) Operations Director John Ging.

A Refugee Crisis with No End in Sight

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

GAZA, Palestine, May 18 (IPS) - "We don't want charity, we want a long-term solution."

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