Month: August 2016

On World Humanitarian Day, it is time to rebuild support for international humanitarian cooperation

Amelia Seeto The world is experiencing a series of compounded, prolonged and increasingly conflict-based humanitarian crises. In 2015, over 125 million people required daily emergency food, water and shelter for survival. A record 65.3 million people were displaced by conflict and persecution; a number greater than the combined populations of Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. […]

Problems Plaguing Rio de Janeiro

      With the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to begin in the coming days and the Paralympics set to follow in September, much of the world’s attention has been focused on Brazil and the host city, Rio de Janeiro. Numerous issues have plagued the country in the lead-up to the Olympic Games including political […]

Reflections on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (30 July)

    The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, held on the 30th of July recognizes the fact that both human trafficking and slavery are not mere relics of the past, but continue to make up an established and flourishing illicit international business. Indeed human trafficking is now the world’s fastest growing criminal industry. The […]

A Message to United Nations Associations on the 70th Anniversary of WFUNA

    August 2nd, Dear Friends,   On August 2, 1946, representatives from your organization and twenty-one other UNAs combined efforts to support the ideals of the UN Charter in your respective countries, and formed an international organization to promote peace, human rights, education, and the work of the UN. Today we are the largest […]