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  • The Fin Free Campaign

    To conserve shark populations by providing an easily recognizable system that enables consumers to choose restaurants that do not serve shark fin soup



    • Sharks are being finned alive where they are discarded in the sea and left to die
    • Approximately 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year... ONE THIRD of all species are now threatened with EXTINCTION
    • In 2016 Australia imported 3,933 Kilograms and exported 10,575 kilograms of shark fin
    • There are currently 111 restaurants in Perth, Australia serving Shark Fin Soup
    • There are currently NO LAWS pertaining to serving shark fin in AU
  • Peacebuilding and Development Trainings

    The Department of Peace Operations (DPO) and the International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) have provided customised programmes for UN missions and agencies all over the world, as well as for governments, negotiating parties, intergovernmental organisations, and local, national and international organisations working in peacebuilding, violence prevention, social cohesion, and post-war stabilisation, recovery and peace consolidation.

     Patrir is launching now the calendar of training programmes for the second half of 2017 and 2018. Trainings in 2017 include a series of Advanced Certificate Programmes at the IPDTC Global Academy in Cluj-Napoca, and Executive Leadership and Intensive Core skills Trainings in London. From January 2018 Patrir will also offer online programmes on addressing radicalisation and violent extremism and core skills for Designing Peacebuilding Programming for peacebuilding, mediation and prevention. 

     In October of this year Patrir is hosting the two Advanced Certificate Programmes:

    1. Making Prevention, Early Warning & Peacebuilding Effective: Lessons Learned, What Works in the Field and Core Skills
    2. Designing Peacebuilding Programmes: Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding and Peace Support

    You can also find out more information at



  • AidEx Brussels 2017

    AidEx is a two day event, which encompasses a conference, exhibition, meeting areas, awards and workshops. Its fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide a forum for aid & development professionals to meet, source, supply and learn.
    AidEx was created to help the international aid and development community engage the private sector in a neutral setting, drive innovation and support the ever-growing need for emergency aid and development programs.

    AidEx is a unique, world-renowned event that works hard to genuinely improve the situation on the ground.  Our aim is to bring the international aid community to Brussels. From major NGOs and global policy makers through to innovative suppliers of specialist products, AidEx facilitates relationships that would be otherwise unachievable.

    The two-day programme of events has been specially designed with networking in mind. The drinks reception, exhibition tours and other organised activities encourage our audience to build long-lasting relationships that will enrich their future in the sector.

    Each year the AidEx Steering Committee discuss a topic that the event should focus on to make sure it remains current and delivers what our visitors and suppliers need. Our past conference themes have included Localisation, Sustainable Development, Innovation and Collaboration.

    The 2017 theme will be 'Aid and Development Effectiveness: Results through transparency and accountability.'

    More info at

  • Wetland Success in Plumas National Forest

    "Thanks to the very generous donations of twenty SAVE THE FROGS! supporters, we were able to assist in the construction of six wetlands in June/July 2017! The three wetlands in Elgin, AZ were built to provide habitat for the threatened Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Lithobates chiricahuensis). The other three wetlands are in Plumas National Forest, and serve as habitat for the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii). On June 28th and 29th, 2017, SAVE THE FROGS! Ecologist Kathlyn Franco Osagie served as an assistant instructor at a US Forest Service wetland construction workshop, helping to educate hydrologists, botanists and engineers about wetland construction techniques. These wetland projects are huge successes. The wetlands we built in Eldorado National Forest in 2014 and 2016 are holding water and being used by California Red-Legged Frogs. At Plumas National Forest two of the wetlands we built this summer are already holding water (they filled with pre-existing groundwater). The third wetland uses a pesticide-free plastic liner and is expected to fill once the first rains come."
  • Ashoka and the Schneider Electric Foundation launch the 2017 - 2018 “Social Innovation to Tackle Fuel Poverty” program in Europe

    Fuel poverty has become a major problem in Europe. There are between 50 and 125 million people who struggle every day to ensure adequate heating, light, and cooking power in their dwelling at an affordable price (European Parliamentary Research Service). This has a severe impact on their health and wellbeing. Creative and systems - changing solutions are needed to transform this issue in an opportunity for these people to thrive. After a successful partnership in 2015-2016, the Schneider Electric Foundation, under the aegis of the Foundation de France, and Ashoka, have renewed their commitment to helping improve the living conditions of millions of people facing fuel poverty in Europe. It is by offering support to the most innovative social entrepreneurs in Europe that we can help entire communities tackle fuel poverty and move towards energy sustainability.
  • The 9th annual Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit

    The 9th annual Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit will be the 6-7 September 2017 at Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Centre, Washington D.C. It will be organized by the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) focused on Discover innovations and good practice in disaster resilience and global development from humanitarian leaders and industry experts.

    The Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit strives to improve effectiveness, cost-efficiency and sustainability of aid operations and development programs: now in its 9th year, the AIDF Global Disaster Relief Summit returns to Washington D.C. on 6-7 September 2017, once again uniting humanitarian and development leaders, solution providers and decision makers from NGOs, government and UN agencies.


    Taking place at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Centre, the Summit will provide an update on emergency procurement, disaster resilience, refugee crisis, data & ICT strategy, innovations in humanitarian logistics, health & WASH and much more.

  • Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit 2017

    Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit strives to enable quicker and better response during crises and catastrophes by improving effectiveness, cost-efficiency and sustainability of aid operations.

    This year’s programme will expand its scope beyond disaster relief and will look into emerging global challenges, innovations and opportunities in international aid and development sector. It will continue to focus on best practice in humanitarian logistics, emergency communication, supply chain, procurement, partnerships and financing of aid programmes. The agenda is developed in consultation with World Bank, UN OCHA, Red Cross, USAID, World Vision, UNOPS.

    By attending the Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit 2017, you will get insight into latest trends in data and technology to support

  • In Arrivo La 4a Giornata Mondiale Sulla Distrofia Di Duchenne

    La Giornata Mondiale di sensibilizzazione sulla distrofia muscolare di Duchenne, promossa da UPPMD (United Parent Projects Muscular Dystrophy), si svolgerà il 7 settembre 2017. È coordinata in Italia da Parent Project onlus e rappresenta un momento molto importante per la visibilità di questa patologia genetica rara. In tanti paesi del mondo, familiari, pazienti, attivisti realizzeranno anche quest’anno un ricco ventaglio di iniziative per informare la società civile e per raccogliere fondi a sostegno della comunità Duchenne.

    La Giornata Mondiale 2017 è dedicata, nello specifico, al tema dei sogni dei piccoli e giovani pazienti. Le donazioni raccolte verranno dedicate ad implementare una piattaforma di e-learning, finalizzata a veicolare iniziative di formazione ed informazione sulla patologia.  Maggiori approfondimenti saranno disponibili sul sito internazionale