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UN Declares a ‘Level 3 Emergency’ for Iraq to ensure more effective humanitarian response

Posted by CID sourced from ReliefWeb on 14 August 2014

The United Nations have declared a ‘Level 3 Emergency’ for Iraq which represents the highest level of humanitarian crisis. Iraq now joins Sryia, South Sudan and Central Africa Republic, who current share the same emergency status. By declaring a level 3 emergency, this measure will facilitate mobilization of additional resources in goods, funds and assets to ensure a more effective response to the humanitarian needs of populations affected by forced displacements.

Gender equality gains traction with Pacific Island leaders

Posted by CID sourced from Inter Press Service on 14 August 2014

Movements toward gender equality are picking up steam across the Pacific following the appointment of three women to take the helm of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

Climate change adaptation can help promote sub-Saharan African livelihoods

Posted by CID sourced from UN News Centre on 14 August 2014

New UN report says investment in climate change adaptation can help promote the livelihoods of 65 per cent of Africans, but if not properly addressed the effects of climate change could reverse decades of development progress on the continent.

What are the biggest issues facing young people?

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 14 August 2014

To mark International Youth Day on Tuesday, The Guardian asked young people on Twitter which issues they would like to see given more attention. Overwhelming the response was jobs, reflecting high youth unemployment rates around the world.

Youth Suicides Sound Alarm Across the Pacific

Posted by CID sourced from IPS on 13 August 2014

International Youth Day on August 12, this year focuses on ‘Youth and Mental Health’. Young Pacific Islanders have highlighted the profound social and economic challenges they face in a rapidly changing world.

Permits, politics and patience: the reality of getting aid into Syria

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 13 August 2014

Humanitarian workers are being frustrated by violence, bureaucracy and an obstinate government as they try to diminish the impact of the war on civilians. This article looks at what is really happening, the challenges aid workers face every day.

Amid spread of ‘hatred and brutality,’ Ban urges countries to do more to help Iraqi civilians

Posted by CID sourced from UN News Centre on 13 August 2014

“The people of Iraq – all Iraqi people – need security,” Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to do more to provide protection to the people of Iraq, and condemned the persecutions of minority groups in Iraq.

Opinion: Yazidis Genocide?

Posted by CID sourced from Scoop on 13 August 2014

This article outlines the religious origins of two Kurdish groups and how they have been treated throughout the US invasion of Iraq, the conflict in Syria and now the progressive violence from ISIS. Claiming that ISIS have committed acts of genocide against the minorities as a result of their discriminatory Islamic policies.

PCHR strongly condemns killing of Anwar al-Za’anin

Posted by CID sourced from Scoop on 13 August 2014

PCHR strongly condemns the killing of Anwar al-Za’anin, a staff member of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights by an Israeli drone in Gaza, and calls for an Investigation into this crime, and hundreds of others committed by the occupation.

NGO William Schabas must recuse himself from UN Gaza inquiry

Posted by CID sourced from Scoop on 13 August 2014

UN Watch has voiced concerns about people appointed to the UN Gaza inquiry as one will give rise to bias, and another lacks experience with suspicions that publicity is becoming an issue.

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