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  • $24.2 billion needed for humanitarian assistance in 2018

    The United Nations OCHA’s Global Humanitarian Overview 2018 found that more than 128 million people globally require humanitarian assistance and protection this year, at a total cost of $24.2 billion.

    The cost of humanitarian support is at record levels. The Global Humanitarian Assistance Report revealing that international humanitarian assistance increased for the fourth consecutive year in 2016, reaching $27.3 billion.

    A key driver of this is the increasing numbers of displacement around the world with 22.5 million registered refugees, half of which are under 18. Approximately 300 people a day are forced to flee their homes because of conflict, that’s the equivalent of 20 every minute

    In addition to increasing conflict UN OCHA estimate that there are four times as many natural disasters (when 10+ people are killed or 100+ affected) than there were in the 1960s. Over 80% of the world’s food-insecure people live in countries that are prone to natural hazards.

    Reaching the ambitious targets in the 2030 Agenda requires an estimated $3.5 trillion per annum.

    Products and services that respond to humanitarian disasters are vital to increasing resilience and disaster response.


    The Young Diplomats Forum (YDF) is an intensive week long programme of practical sessions, workshops, policy exercises and institutional visits delivered by world leading experts.

    Set up to recognise, enhance and develop the next generation of diplomats. This community of exceptionally bright and accomplished future leaders will gain further insight, tools and opportunities to engage with key stakeholders at a crucial time in their careers and broaden their connections to influence global leaders.

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  • East Africa Giraffe Conservation Programme

    The East African region is crucial to the survival of giraffe in Africa: three of the four extant species of giraffe, which include the Masai giraffe (Giraffa tippelskirchi), Nubian giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis camelopardalis) and reticulated giraffe (Giraffa reticulata), occur in the region. While giraffe populations in some other African regions are increasing or stable, the general trend of giraffe populations across East (and Central) Africa is decreasing. In the last 15 years, reticulated giraffe have declined by ~80% while Masai giraffe numbers have reduced by >50%. Since 2016, giraffe are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, but the Rothschild’s giraffe, now subsumed into the Nubian giraffe, which occurs in Uganda, western and central Kenya, south-western Ethiopia, and South Sudan, are listed as ‘Endangered’. Human activities, in particular habitat loss, fragmentation and poaching represent the most severe threats to the survival of giraffe in the region.

    Unfortunately, relatively little conservation research has been conducted on giraffe, and this lack of knowledge is hindering the assessment of the exact conservation status of giraffe. GCF is working with local and international partners to collate available data, fill data gaps and most importantly to advance giraffe conservation initiatives in the region.

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  • AIDF Global Summit, Washington D.C., on 5 – 6 September 2018

    Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF)  are pleased to open nominations for the Global Innovator of the Year Award. This competition celebrates individuals as well as teams who have introduced game-changing initiatives, created research or inventions that have made an impact on the humanitarian aid and development sectors globally over the past year. The aim is to recognise individuals for their inspiring leadership, forward-thinking, creative problem-solving and implementation of innovative programmes that have helped drive the global progress towards Sustainable Development Goals.

    Submit your nomination here!

    The finalists will be showcased at the AIDF Global Summit and the winner of the award will be announced on 5 September 2018 at the 10th Anniversary AIDF Global Summit in Washington D.C, USA. The nominees will be judged on their inspiring innovation, proven impact and success. Nominees should exhibit a thoughtful, creative and innovative approach to resolving humanitarian and development challenges in Asia over the past year. For more information on eligibility click here.

  • AIDF Asia Summit 2018

    More than 2 million people - an average of 43,000 per year - have been killed by natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region since 1970, according to the latest United Nations' figures. The region accounts for 57 percent of the global death toll from natural disasters since 1970. The principal causes were earthquakes and storms, followed by floods. In 2016, disasters caused about 5,000 deaths and economic losses worth $77 billion in the region, home to 60 percent of the world's population and its most disaster-prone area.

    Natural disasters displaced 60.4 million people globally between 2013 and 2015 - more than half were in Asia-Pacific, including in the Philippines (15 million people), China (13.1 million) and India (9.2 million). Developing countries in Asia and the Pacific need to invest $26 trillion in infrastructure from 2016 to 2030, or $1.7 trillion per year, if the region is to maintain its growth momentum, eradicate poverty, and respond to climate change, according to the Asian Development Bank

    To assist South Asia with post disaster response due to the recent flooding and population displacements in the region, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China has partnered with the United Nations Development programme (UNDP), to provide US $12 million to support early recovery efforts in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal.

  • The Sustainable Development Festival

    On May 22nd 2017 the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile - ASviS) launched the first Sustainable Development Festival (Festival dello Sviluppo Sostenibile) which ran for 17 days and featured over 200 events throughout the country. It was the first of its kind in Italy.

    From May 22nd to June 7th 2018, ASviS relaunches the initiative with a new and renovated edition to spread the culture of sustainable development, foster dialogue and celebrate innovative ideas and solutions, with new formats and contents. The second edition will feature hundreds of events aimed at promoting transformation and engaging civil society, while supporting at the same time the country’s leaders with new proposals to bring Italy on a sustainable development path. More than 180 civil society organizations, several Italian universities and different stakeholders engaged in contributing to the 2030 Agenda, will take part in awareness-raising campaigns and will contribute by launching their own events across the peninsula, North through South. 


    The International Crane Foundation is hosting a series of Cranes and Culture events this visitor season. The first event is Saturday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Cranes and Culture Art Series will educate visitors by offering a series of complimentary monthly workshops led by local artists.

    Each month the International Crane Foundation will feature a different local artist who will showcase their work – everything from photography to painting and dance. The artists will present educational workshops to inspire visitors to express themselves artistically, explore cultural connections, and teach participants how art can protect our natural world.

    The Cranes and Culture Art Series is a free event. Visitors will not have to pay admission fees to see the artists. The art series will be accessible to everyone interested in learning more about cranes and art.

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    I volontari clown VIP,  durante la Giornata del Naso Rosso,  indossano il camice identificativo di VIP Italia con la scritta “Viviamo in Positivo” sulla schiena, colletto rosso e maniche rigate (bianche e verdi / bianche e gialle) e hanno il tesserino identificativo.  Solo i volontari VIP sono autorizzati alla raccolta fondi della Giornata del Naso Rosso ® il 20 maggio 2018.

    Tutti i fondi raccolti alla G.N.R. finanziano i progetti di VIP “ViviamoInPositivo” ITALIA ONLUS. I 4500 clown VIP sono volontari delle 59 associazioni federate a VIP ITALIA Onlus che costantemente portano il loro sorriso negli ospedali e nelle case di riposo in tutta Italia. Nel 2017 sono state più di