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What the World Humanitarian Summit Means for Climate Change

Aaron Packard | Posted 05.31.2016 | Green
Aaron Packard

I joined about 6000 other delegates from around the world this week for the first ever World Humanitarian Summit. While 350.org doesn't provide humanitarian aid, we're increasingly concerned with just how hard climate change is biting, and committed to supporting people-oriented responses to the impacts of climate change.

First Humanitarian Summit Must Address Causes of Recurring Crises

Luca Alinovi | Posted 05.25.2016 | Science
Luca Alinovi

Luca Alinovi, Executive Director, Global Resilience Partnership Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre The first United N...

Choose Adventure and Honor Your Dreams

Georgina Miranda | Posted 05.26.2016 | Women
Georgina Miranda

This time of year is always a bit nostalgic for me. It's been 3 years since I climbed up to the top of the world on May 21st, 2013. I have been following friends climbing in Nepal on various 8000m peaks over the past couple of months, reflecting also on the beautiful memories from my two expeditions there that will stay with me a lifetime. I can't wait to go back and climb in Nepal!

Humanitarian System 'Stretched To The Limit' By Global Crises: USAID

Reuters | Sarah Grossman | Posted 05.24.2016 | Impact

(Reuters) - More complex humanitarian disasters such as the war in Syria and the Ebola epidemic threaten to overwhelm the international community's ab...

The Persistent Frontier: Our World Humanitarian Crises

Hung Vo | Posted 05.24.2016 | World
Hung Vo

French philosopher Henri Lefebvre introduced the concept of "the right to the city" in his 1968 book, Le Droit a la Ville, in which contemporary urban...

First Humanitarian Summit Must Address Causes of Recurring Crises

Johan Rockström | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Johan Rockström

The World Humanitarian Summit is the opportunity of a lifetime to go beyond Red Queen solutions. To succeed, it must lead to urgent action moving from disaster management to resilience building of interconnected human and ecological systems, from local to planetary scale.

The Fierce Urgency of Now. Education Cannot Wait.

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 05.23.2017 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Children and youth who are out-of-school without hope of returning are far more vulnerable to exploitation from traffickers and extremist groups and far more at risk of violence, abuse, child marriage and domestic slavery.

Failure to invest in education is penny wise, pound foolish

Justin van Fleet, Ph.D | Posted 05.23.2017 | Education
Justin van Fleet, Ph.D

We could play the numbers game all day long, but the facts are clear. At the World Humanitarian Summit, the global community must ante up with a down ...

Leaving No City Behind: Adapting Crisis Response to an Urbanizing World

Joan Clos | Posted 05.21.2017 | Impact
Joan Clos

Humanitarian crises increasingly play out in urban settings: some 85 percent of the 21 countries that have received the most humanitarian aid in the last three years have some of the highest global urbanization rates.

Humanitarian Aid Hits Record High, Still Doesn't Meet Growing Need

Thomson Reuters Foundation | Sarah Grossman | Posted 05.20.2016 | Impact

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - International humanitarian assistance given last year totaled a record $28 billion, new figures show in the r...

Leave No One Behind: Women, Children and Adolescent Health in Emergencies

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 05.21.2017 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

For the nearly 60 million internally displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers worldwide, home is nowhere in sight. Humanitarian emergencies and conflicts have driven them away from all they know as comfortable and safe.

Go big or go home. Ambition now or failure later.

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 05.20.2017 | Education
Kolleen Bouchane

We are now only days away from the World Humanitarian Summit and the launch of the new Education Cannot Wait fund to provide education to children liv...

Aid Groups Deliver Life-Saving Supplies To 10,000 Syrians Under Government Siege

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.19.2016 | World

ISTANBUL -- International aid groups on Wednesday successfully delivered food and life-saving supplies to an estimated 10,000 Syrians living in a besi...

Red Cross Aid Reaches Besieged Damascus Suburb For First Time In Four Years

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 05.18.2016 | World

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Aid from the Red Cross and Syrian Red Crescent entered the besieged Damascus suburb of Harasta for the first time in four years on ...

Aid Saves Lives but Aid Workers Are Increasingly Under Threat

Christos Stylianides | Posted 05.18.2017 | World
Christos Stylianides

In conflicts and crisis zones around the world, attacks on civilians, doctors and medical facilities as well as on humanitarian aid workers have become all too frequent.

Humanitarian Responders: Are We Accountable to Beneficiaries?

David Weiss | Posted 05.14.2017 | World
David Weiss

This month, the first ever World Humanitarian Summit is being held in Istanbul, Turkey. The timing and location could not be more apt. We are witnessi...

Why You Only Send Stuff They Really Need After a Disaster

Andrew MacCalla | Posted 05.04.2017 | Impact
Andrew MacCalla

Witnessing the tremendous amount of effort involved and the allocation of this scarce distribution capacity to our goods made me realize that it's not just an unfortunate misstep to send supplies that nobody wanted or requested. It's wrong.

The Real Heroes of the Refugee Crisis

Halim Shebaya | Posted 04.26.2017 | World
Halim Shebaya

As of late, the only antidote to my entrenched political realism has been the news of amazing individuals volunteering to help refugees in the Greek I...

Nepal Earthquake Anniversary: Lessons to Fight Traffickers in Disaster Zones

Free The Slaves | Posted 04.26.2017 | Impact
Free The Slaves

It's been a year since the 2015 Nepal earthquake killed thousands and left large parts of the country in ruins. One of the key tragedies of the quake'...

When tragedy knocks at your door

World Vision | Posted 04.21.2017 | World
World Vision

By Diego Rivadeneira, World Vision On Saturday, April 16, our quiet family dinner was interrupted by a strong earthquake. At 6:58 p.m. our peaceful...

Footage From Inside Besieged Syrian Community Shows Terrifying Reality For Thousands Of Civilians

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 11.29.2016 | World

"Please do not leave me," a young Syrian boy weeps to the bloodied corpse of his brother, bound tightly in a white sheet. "Oh, God, it's as if you are...

Mamba Fouls USDA Goes Nuts in Haiti

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 04.18.2017 | Politics
Gina Athena Ulysse

While I have shed no tears over Kobe aka The Black Mamba's retirement, many others and myself are wailing over the looming endangerment of another mam...

Addressing Global Mental Health Challenges and Finding Solutions

Inka Weissbecker | Posted 04.16.2017 | Impact
Inka Weissbecker

Francis spent two years with his foot tied to a wooden log in a shed. He suffered from psychosis but his family was unable to help him because they ha...

Delivering on the Promises of Paris: Why the World's Muslims Are Demanding Climate Action Now

Naser Haghamed | Posted 04.18.2017 | Religion
Naser Haghamed

Whilst more and more Muslims are experiencing the ravages of climate change first hand, more Muslims and governments are in turn starting to join the fight against climate change.

The Baghdad Boil: Fighting a Painful Flesh Parasite Affecting Iraq's Displaced

Crystal Wells | Posted 04.13.2017 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Dohuk, Iraq--When Zahra's family heard Islamic State ISIL forces had captured the nearby northern Iraqi town of Sinjar in the summer of 2014, they fle...