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24/08/2016

Putin using refugee crisis to weaken Merkel

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Development Policy 19-08-2016

How the UN could support SDGs with shared value

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make little sense if the purchasing power of the farmers who produce coffee, cocoa or tea is disregarded, writes Fernando Morales-de la Cruz in an open letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Will the UN glass ceiling be shattered this time?

While the contest to select the next UN Secretary-General may not be on a par with the slugging match for the White House, it is beginning to heat up - with some decidedly undiplomatic tactics evident in the campaign to replace Ban Ki-moon, writes Dick Roche.
Global Europe 03-08-2016

EU, US reject UN plan to resettle refugees

The European Union and the United States among other heavy-weight countries have rejected a UN proposal to resettle 10% of the world's refugees annually as part of a new global effort to tackle the worst refugee crisis since World War II.
Development Policy 19-07-2016

Gebrselassie calls for more help for El Niño-hit Africa

Haile Gebrselassie, the world’s greatest-ever long-distance runner, has warned that the world is in danger of “forgetting a huge emergency” in Ethiopia and other African states struggling to respond to shortages after the most extreme El Nino in half a century.
Global Europe 18-07-2016

African Union seeks own solution to South Sudan crisis

The UN is rapidly running out of patience with the president and vice-president of South Sudan, but the Northeast African country's neighbours have still not imposed any new sanctions on it. EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Global Europe 05-07-2016

Israel approves hundreds of new settler homes after attacks

Israel has approved hundreds of new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, an official said yesterday (4 July), in a move denounced by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and likely to further raise tensions following a series of Palestinian attacks.
Global Europe 01-07-2016

Quartet: Israel settlements and Palestinian incitement must stop

Israel should stop building settlements and the Palestinians should cease incitement to violence, the Middle East diplomatic quartet said in a much-awaited report Friday aimed at reviving peace talks.
Enlargement 01-07-2016

Turkish court frees 2 press freedom campaigners, third still in jail

Turkey released two prominent press-freedom activists from prison on Thursday (30 June) following international condemnation of their detention, but their prosecution on terrorism-related charges will proceed, a lawyer said.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

International emergency assistance requires reform

The present demand for emergency assistance is almost unprecedented, and the World Humanitarian Summit is a golden opportunity to push for much-needed systemic reforms, write Jörn Grävingholt and Benjamin Schraven.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

World leaders discuss tourism's potential to eradicate poverty

According to the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), tourists injected €1.1 trillion into the economies of their destinations last year. Their potential to help developing countries was discussed at a conference in China last week. EurActiv’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro reports.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

World humanitarian summit starts amid hope, hype and fear of empty words

Hundreds of world leaders and politicians will descend on Istanbul on Monday in a nominal attempt to reform the global humanitarian system, despite criticism that their summit is a photo-opportunity that will achieve little.  
Development Policy 23-05-2016

Everything you need to know about the World Humanitarian Summit

Politicians will meet in Istanbul on 23-24 May to debate how to deal with global crises that have been exacerbated by war, climate change and natural disasters. EurActiv's media partner, The Guardian, looks at the main questions surrounding the summit's objectives and organisation.
Global Europe 13-05-2016

Has the EU-Turkey refugee deal collapsed?

The EU was right to postpone visa liberalisation for Turkish citizens until Ankara fulfils its end of the migrant deal, but it is time to work out a viable Plan B in case the deal falls apart, writes Solon Ardittis.
Health & Consumers 04-05-2016

Rising medicine costs burden global health systems

France is leading calls for the G7 to act against the inflation of medicine prices. Treatment costs are rising in rich countries, but can be even higher in the developing world. EurActiv France reports.

Commission to give green light to extension of border controls

The European Commission wants to give Germany and other member states the option of extending internal border controls beyond the middle of May. EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Ban Ki-moon attacks Austria's ‘restrictive’ asylum policies

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke in front of the Austrian parliament today (28 April) and called upon the international community to find a solution to the refugee crisis. EurActiv Germany reports.

Germany urged to rethink climate goals

German environmental groups have called upon the government to up national climate protection targets and have called a recent amendment to the country's Renewable Energy Act (EEG) "counterproductive". EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 25-04-2016

What can the EU do at the World Humanitarian Summit for children?

The World Humanitarian Summit takes places in Istanbul on 23-24 May. With the EU as one of the world's largest humanitarian donors, it can be a real 'game-changer', writes Marco Nardin.
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Agriculture & Food 20-04-2016

Africa’s farming potential hinges on infrastructure boost

SPECIAL REPORT / Africa’s huge agricultural potential holds the promise of covering much of the planet’s nutrition needs. But the continent is hampered by lack of infrastructure and intricate local politics.
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Agriculture & Food 19-04-2016

UN chief: Food chain shows peoples’ fate 'interdependent'

SPECIAL REPORT / Humankind needs to take a more collaborative approach to agriculture in order to sustain its future nutrition needs, while at the same time minimising environmental harm to the planet, global leaders and luminaries have warned.
Global Europe 12-04-2016

Eastern Europe braces for the top UN job

Today (12 April) in New York the hearings of the eight candidates for the position of the next UN Secretary-General will begin. Seven of them are from Europe, and six from the Eastern part of the continent, a region which has never produced a UN Secretary-General thus far.
Development Policy 04-04-2016

Aid agency denounces 'politicisation' of humanitarian assistance

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi invited representatives from 92 countries to a special summit in Geneva to address the ongoing crisis. EurActiv Germany spoke to Oxfam’s Robert Lindner, who presented an update on the current situation at the event.
Central Europe 10-02-2016

Bulgaria's Irina Bokova enters race for UN leadership

Bulgaria's foreign ministry yesterday (9 February) formally announced its nomination of UNESCO chief Irina Bokova for UN Secretary-General.

Putin using refugee crisis to weaken Merkel

Putin’s campaign in Syria is deepening the refugee crisis and making Angela Merkel’s position increasingly insecure. A weakened Merkel means a weakened European Union, writes Judy Dempsey.