WANGO News 2017

The world population is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030 and 9.8 billion in 2050, despite lower fertility rates in nearly all regions of the world, the UN reports. (Read more...)



The Venice Commission, the European Commission for Democracy through Law, says it is still concerned about the foreign NGO law Hungary's parliament recently passed. (Read more...)



One in five children in high-income countries lives in poverty, while one in eight faces food insecurity, a new report from UNICEF, "Building the Future: Children and the Sustainable Development Goals in Rich Countries," finds. (Read more...)



The first-ever UN summit on oceans concluded on June 9 with a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean's health, and more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the blue. (Read more...)



Facebook will soon provide aid organizations like the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) with maps based on user data that the company hopes will help those groups better respond to disasters.(Read more...)



International NGO Save the Children has released its first "End of Childhood Index," which compares data on 172 countries on indicators such as children's health, education and protection status. It finds at least 700 million children worldwide, or one in four, have had their childhoods cut short for a variety reasons, ranging from extreme violence to poor health and malnutrition. (Read more...)



Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a new law regulating the work of civil society organizations in the country which passed in parliament last November. (Read more...)



Conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy have contributed to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Libya, prompting the UN refugee agency to announce plans to step-up its presence and programs there.(Read more...)



From drones dropping food and medicines, to handheld devices that can diagnose Ebola with a drop of blood, the latest technological advances are converging to make the “unthinkable happen,” said global innovators and heads of tech companies at the SDG Action Event on Innovation and Connectivity at the UN headquarters in New York. (Read more...)



Food insecurity is a critical "push" factor driving the rise in cross-border migration and can exacerbate or be exacerbated by armed conflict, a new report from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) finds.(Read more...)



South Sudan's government has increased registration fees nearly sixfold for international aid groups seeking to operate in the war-torn nation. (Read more...)



The "State of the Not-for-Profit Sector in 2017" report from Grant Thornton provides insights on important developments and challenges facing nonprofit leadership. (Read more...)



While enormous challenges remain, Afghanistan authorities have made headway in their fight against corruption, according to a new UN report, which also finds that the country is making progress in other areas, such as restoring institutional control over the delivery of public services.(Read more...)



This report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) provides four scenarios outlining potential developments of the refugee/migrant crisis in Europe over the six months from April to September 2017, and its likely humanitarian impact.(Read more...)



WANGO chairman, Dr. Taj Hamad, spoke at the "Energy and Sustainable Development" panel discussion at the 6th Columbia China Prospects Conference at Columbia University in New York. (Read more...)



The 26th International Conference on Health and Environment: Global Partners for Global Solutions, organized by the World Information Transfer in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Ukraine and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and supported by WANGO, was held on April 13 at the UN headquarters in New York. (Read more...)



At the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria, which took place in Belgium's capital from April 4-5, 41 donors pledged a combined $6 billion for critical humanitarian programs in 2017 and another $3.7 billion for 2018 for the people of Syria. (Read more...)



The German Embassy in Cairo has welcomed a bilateral agreement allowing German civil society organizations to resume work in Egypt.(Read more...)



From June 5-9, 2017, the UN will convene The Ocean Conference, which aims to get everyone--from international organizations to the private sector--involved in conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goal 14. (Read more...)



At the League of Arab States Summit in Jordan, UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the importance of unity among the countries in the region to confront the challenges it is facing. “I appeal to your leadership in shaping a new Arab world able to address and solve, by itself, differences through dialogue and cooperation,” he said. (Read more...)



The African Civil Society Circle presents four roles civil society organizations can play in the “localisation” of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in this paper. (Read more...)



This study published by The Bridgespan Group with Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) reveals why there might be no better laboratory than India for studying the challenges that nonprofits face in trying to scale up when resources are scarce. (Read more...)



U.S.-based Mercy Corps, one of the largest humanitarian organizations delivering aid to Syria, has said the Turkish government has revoked its permit, halting its work in the country.(Read more...)



Nearly 20 percent of British charities are "struggling to survive," a new study by the UK-based Charities Aid Foundation finds. The report, "Social Landscape 2017" surveyed CEOs of more than 470 charities, social enterprises, and voluntary organizations. (Read more...)



International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The 2017 theme for the day is: “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.”(Read more...)



In the wake of findings that the ocean could contain more plastic than fish by 2050, the UN has launched the #CleanSeas campaign, aimed at securing government commitments to reducing the amount of marine litter countries introduce into the oceans mostly as plastic bags and microplastics found in personal care items. (Read more...)



Today more than 128 million people in 33 countries need humanitarian aid to survive--a figure not seen since World War II. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has outlined 12 forgotten crises that rarely make the headlines but urgently need support this year.(Read more...)



An estimated $265 billion a year is needed to achieve the first two Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty and hunger by 2030, the head of the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has said. (Read more...)



Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has been appointed as the new president of Alzheimer’s Research UK. In an article written in The Times on January 25, Cameron called for more resources to be put towards dementia research, saying it “shouldn’t be so far behind” funding for cancer and stroke research. (Read more...)



U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to reinstate the "Mexico City Policy," which bars international NGOs that perform abortions from receiving funding from the U.S.(Read more...)



The United Nations refugee and migration agencies and 72 other partners launched on January 19 The Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan, a new strategy and appeal to help respond to the situation of refugees and migrants in Europe in 2017. (Read more...)



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