UN General Assembly: 4 things you need to know
23 September, 2013
Dozens of heads of state along with the UN Secretary-General, Government Ministers, leaders of UN agencies and civil society and other dignitaries are gathering in New York for the 68th Session of the United Nation’s General Assembly. The annual event – a series of meetings...
Lao PDR: Lethal dengue fever outbreak kills 92
16 September, 2013
Dao* writhes in pain as his worried family waits for doctors in an overcrowded hospital in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR. Dao is suffering from dengue, a tropical disease which is spread by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Dao is one of nearly 50,000 people in Lao PDR who have...
From Fiji to Nepal: World Humanitarian Day 2013 in the Asia Pacific
9 September, 2013
Aid workers often risk their lives to do the work most of us would shy away from. From Iraq to Syria, Libya to Somalia, thousands of men and women work tirelessly each day in the face of insurmountable danger and some have lost their lives in the course of duty. Paying tribute to their spirit,...
DPRK: $98 million still needed to address humanitarian needs, says UN
28 August, 2013
The United Nations Resident Coordinator for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Ghulam Isaczai, has warned that humanitarian gains made over the past decade could be eroded without urgent funding support.
“Without sustained humanitarian support, the gains made in...
PHILIPPINES: Technology increasingly used in disaster preparedness
28 August, 2013
The Philippines is a country beset with frequent disasters and part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, so new ways to improve disaster preparedness and the resilience of the communities is a constant challenge for the Government and its humanitarian partners.
Addressing this issue of...