Archive for April 5th, 2013

05/04/2013

Plenty of Money to Rescue Banks, Not to Feed the Poor

Human Wrongs Watch

Nairobi, 4 April 2013 (IRIN*) – Official Development Assistance (ODA) has continued to fall as wealthy countries battle an ongoing global financial crisis and a struggling Eurozone, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) latest report.

Photo: Paul Paladin/Shutterstock. Less money in the global aid kitty | Source: IRIN

**Photo: Paul Paladin/Shutterstock. Less money in the global aid kitty | Source: IRIN

Aid decreased by 4 percent in 2012 compared to 2011, which had already experienced a 2 percent decline on the previous year, the report found. This is the first time since 1996-1997 that aid has fallen in two successive years.

Most assistance – approximately US$125.6 billion in 2012 – still comes from members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), but emerging donors such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are becoming increasingly important to humanitarian aid.

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05/04/2013

"Lend Your Leg" – World Campaign against Landmines

Human Wrongs Watch

“On this year’s International Day for Mine Awareness, we are “lending our legs” in a campaign to show support and compassion for survivors,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ins his message for the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, 4 April 2012. 

Image: UN

Image: UN

This year, Ban reiterated the importance of eliminating the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war as a crucial endeavour that advances peace, enables development, supports nations in transition and saves lives.

“Lend Your Leg” is a campaign that encourages people worldwide by a simple but symbolic gesture of rolling up a pant leg or sleeve to stop the damage landmines still cause while showing solidarity with all survivors of landmines and other explosive remnants of war.”

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