Global Healing Responds to Pakistan FloodLast Updated on 2012-10-16 00:00:00
Global Healing Pakistan documents and responds to devastaing floods.
They call for assistance for all who can help.
Asia Pacific News reports the following story:
ISLAMABAD: Monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed 455 people over the past five weeks and affected more than five million, according to the latest figures from the government's disaster relief agency.
Pakistan suffered devastating floods in the past two years, including the worst in its history in 2010 when catastrophic inundations across the country killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.
As in the previous two years, most of those hit by the latest floods were in Sindh province, where the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said more than three million have been affected, with 890,000 in Punjab and nearly a million in Baluchistan.
More than 260,000 people around... More »
Climate Talks in Durban Yield Limited AgreementLast Updated on 2011-12-11 00:00:00
DURBAN, South Africa — After 72 hours of continuous wrangling, the 17th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change wrapped up early Sunday with modest accomplishments: the promise to work toward a new global treaty in coming years and the establishment of a new climate fund.
The deal on a future treaty renews the Kyoto Protocol, the fraying 1997 emissions agreement that sets different terms for advanced and developing countries, for several more years. But it also begins a process for replacing the Kyoto agreement with something that treats all countries — including the economic powerhouses China, India and Brazil — equally.
The deal on a future treaty was the most highly contested element of a package of agreements that emerged from the extended talks among 200 nations here.
The expiration date of the protocol — 2017... More »
'I should be where I'm needed': UN staff on the front line share their storiesLast Updated on 2011-08-20 07:23:13Omar Saleh was leading a peaceful and comfortable life as a trauma surgeon and university lecturer in Egypt when the call came from the United Nations health agency: surgeons urgently needed in war-torn Somalia. He didn't have to think twice.
"I should be where I'm needed," he said today as the UN prepared to mark World Humanitarian Day on Friday. "And this is where I'm needed. I'm a trauma surgeon. This is a conflict. Trauma is everywhere. I must be there," he told the UN News Centre by telephone by telephone.
Remarks from Ambassador Susan Rice at UNA-USA 2011 Annual MeetingLast Updated on 2011-06-17 00:00:00Ambassador Susan Rice speaks to the United Nations Association USA, Annual Meeting June 13, 2011
Susan E. Rice, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, swept into a Hilton hotel Grand Ballroom one recent morning to speak to a gathering of UNA-USA members from across the country about the work before them — defending the world body to others in the U.S. and, in particular, Congress.
That is no small task, given the challenges, which range from UN reform to the Palestinian request for statehood to possible decreased financing from the U.S. to the UN. Nevertheless, Rice, who appeared on June 13 at UNA’s annual meeting, said she was counting on UNA’s nationwide membership of about 12,000 individuals to help reinforce the UN’s role as world peacemaker and to help make the UN more productive.
"The United Nations really has no better friends than UNA and... More »
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