IRIN, the humanitarian news agency that recently moved out of its U.N. shelter to Geneva with Swiss and German support, says there's no need to panic about President Trumps announced cuts to U.N. funding. Samuel Oakford in New York points out that the peacekeeping budget is made every three years and renegotiation is not due till late 2018.
António Manuel de Guterres comes into the
U.N. as Secretary-General with a solid resumé – perhaps the best
since Dag Hammarskjold (apart from his age: 67). But he needs to do something
immediately to clean off the U.N.'s dusty reputation.
The Geneva Challenge heard from its finalists this week. Most striking: these graduates all want to do something to change the world for the better. A Colombian team won the CHF10K top prize with a project to help Bogotá's wastepickers.
IRIN kept up its reputation for exclusive investigation of humanitarian issues with the revelation on 14 November that ten key relief agencies depend on U.S. government funding for more than half their income.
NGO fund-raising via social media: email does it better
NonProfit Tech for Good's 2017 NGO Online Technology Report says 80% of global NGOs agree that email updates are effective for online communications and fundraising, compared with only 51% for Twitter. Facebook scored 74%.
How are countries doing since the U.N. adopted its Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 on 25 September 2015? A meeting in New York on 11-20 July received reports from 22 countries on the 17 SDGs and the website put together a compilation from the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
Business funding of public projects, including actions by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, has come under cold scrutiny lately. Are the ideological purists missing the story? An auto company is underwriting a major international environmental project.