Category: News

Pre-monsoon rains pour down on Bangladesh, and Rohingya camps are at great risk

Pre-monsoon rains hit Bangladesh on April 19th, a possible foreshadowing of the severe risks that future downpours will have on Rohingya refugee camps. According John McCue, Senior Operations Coordinator for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), these rains signal “the start of what is going to be an incredibly challenging period for the refugees and […]

Venezuelan Crisis Escalating

The Latin American nation of Venezuela has seen its ongoing crisis deteriorate over the past several years. With massive hyperinflation, a broken healthcare system, limited access to goods or employment, and increasing disease spreading through the country, the number of refugees streaming into neighbouring countries has been steadily increasing. So what is the Venezuelan crisis, […]

Spotlight on World Food Programme

Assisting 80 million people in around 80 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organisation fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Every day, WFP and its partners work to bring us closer to a zero hunger world. With […]

North Korean Denuclearisation, and Donald Trump

Last Thursday, the surprise announcement was made that Kim Jong-un is committed to denuclearising his country, and would like to meet with US President Donald Trump. President Trump has since agreed to the meeting, which is expected to take place within the next two months in a neutral location. However, Mr. Trump’s Press Secretary, Sarah […]

Freedom of speech necessary for long-lasting peace in South Sudan

A new human rights report details the restriction of free expression of opinion in South, and how this has manifested in self-censorship, and more frequent acts of violence and hate speech. This report, co-authored by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), […]

#TimeIsNow to speak up for women’s rights. Use #IWD2018 as a platform to raise your voice.

On International Women’s Day, let us all pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.” — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres The theme for International Women’s Day on 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. This year, […]

Cape Town Runs Dry

  After three years of drought, the South African coastal city of Cape Town is running out of water, with sufficient supply expected to run out in early May. For decades, Cape Town’s population of 4 million has relied on the Theewaterskloof Dam for over 50% of its water supply. However, with the dam running […]

Time to bridge the gap & #ChooseScience

Bridging the gender gap in science is vital for achieving sustainable development and fulfilling the promise of the 2030 Agenda to “leave no one behind”. Although science-related fields are critical to national economies, most countries, industrialised or not, have not achieved gender equality in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at every level of the […]

Key UN bodies responds to Kabul terrorist attack

On Saturday, January 27, an ambulance rigged with explosives was detonated in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 95 and leaving over 190 people injured. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. The attackers reportedly used an ambulance bearing the emblem of the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan. This, according to Tadamachi Yamamoto, the head of the […]