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UN: An on-line game to teach children how to save lives

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As part of the 2006-2007 World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School” the secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction has launched an on-line game to teach children how to build safer villages and cities against disasters. Players can chose between five scenarios they will try to prevent – from earthquakes over hurricanes to flood and Tsunamis. Each scenario takes between 10 and 20 minutes to play, depending on the disaster you are trying to prevent and…

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AIDS: Costly Red Campaign Reaps Meager $18 Million

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There is an interesting article in “Advertising Age” – one of the leading publications of the industry – about the RED campaign by Bono and a group of companies. We suggest to also read the comments on the article. There are a few interesting ones beside the normal “wood” and “heroic praises”. “…The disproportionate ratio between the marketing outlay and the money raised is drawing concern among nonprofit watchdogs, cause-marketing experts and even executives in the ad business. It threatens to spur a backlash, not just against the Red campaign — which ambitiously set out to change the cause-marketing model by allowing partners to profit from charity — but also for the brands involved…”

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Geneva: Symbolic “Broken Chair” re-erected

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In September 1997, Handicap International unveiled the Broken Chair, a 12 meter high wooden sculpture in support of the global movement against land mines, outside of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. After a lengthy period of reconstruction during which the Chair was placed in storage, it will be reinstated as a reminder of the governments’ commitment to fully universalize and adhere to the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty…

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Health: The Challenges of Global Health

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US magazine “Foreign Affairs” – one of the most influential publication on international affairs and foreign policy in America – has an excellent opinion piece on Global Health. The 12 page essay was written by Pulitzer Price winner and bestseller writer “Laurie Garrett” who is also well known for her book “Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public health”. We strongly recommend reading the document to anybody working in Global Health and to anybody who is interested in what is happening in fighting AIDS, Malaria and TB. We put some quotes together below…

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Quote of the day: UN and Nations

This quote is attributed to Carlos Romulo former president of the UN General Assembly: “…If there is a problem between a weak nation and another weak nation and the UN takes action, the problem disappears. If there is a problem between a strong nation and a weak nation and the UN takes action, the weak [...]


FAO urges food aid reform

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today proposed a series of major changes how international food aid should be managed and delivered. In its today released annual report, “The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA)”, FAO says that about a third of the global food aid budget (ca. USD 600 million) is being spent in donor countries and never reaching beneficiaries. The world’s leading food donors spend as much as half of their food aid budgets on domestic processing and shipping by national carriers, according to research quoted by the report. While the report acknowledges that there is no substitute for food aid in coping with humanitarian crises…

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