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Majority of Vulnerable Refugees Will Not Be Resettled in 2017

Friday, June 17, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 17 (IPS) - Only a small percentage of the world's most vulnerable refugees will be resettled in 2017, according to new figures released by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) this week.

Thousands of Child Refugees Stranded Alone in Greece

Thursday, June 09, 2016

ATHENS, Jun 09 (IPS) - Closure of the Western Balkans route has trapped tens of thousands of refugees heading to Central and Northern Europe in Greece, including many unaccompanied minors who either escaped from war zones after having lost their relatives, or were sent ahead in hopes of helping their families follow afterwards.

Humanitarian Aid – Business As Unusual?

Thursday, June 09, 2016

ROME, Jun 09 (IPS) - Big business is most often seen by human rights defenders and civil society organisations as "bad news," as those huge heartless, soulless corporations whose exclusive goal is to make the biggest profits possible. Too often and in too many cases this is a proven fact.

Islamophobia: Why Are So Many People So Frightened?

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Daylesford, Australia, Jun 01 (IPS) - Islamophobia has become a significant factor driving politics in many Western countries.

Islamophobia – fear of Muslims – is now highly visible among European populations concerned about terrorist responses from Islamic groups claiming Jihadi links.

The Korean Peninsula Conflict: A Way Out

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea, May 31 (IPS) - Like the Israel-Palestine conflict, the world has gotten tired of it, "what, the two Koreas still unable to sort it out"? Also, like Israel-Palestine, the USA is in it; making the situation complicated.

The Humanitarian Clock Is Ticking, The Powerful Feign Deafness

Thursday, May 26, 2016

ROME, May 26 (IPS) - 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. But the most powerful, richest countries—those who have largely contributed to manufacturing it and can therefore stop it, continue to pretend not hearing nor seeing the signals.

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: Too Big to Fail?

Monday, May 23, 2016

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 23 (IPS) - With a line up of heads of state or government telling all what they did to alleviate human suffering and promising to do more, along with leaders of civil society and humanitarian organisations denouncing lack of honest political will to act while governments continue spending trillions of dollars in weapons, the two-day World Humanitarian Summit kicked off today May 23 in Istanbul.

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.

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