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Millions of Refugees at Risk as Virus Spreads

This Syrian refugee girl lives in one of 5,000 tents among 31,500 refugees at Arsal on the Lebanese-Syrian border. March 25, 2019 (Photo by Fundacja PCPM) Creative Commons license via Flickr

The UN Refugee Agency has airlifted 4.4 tonnes of urgently-needed medical supplies to Tehran to support the COVID-19 response in Iran. The Airbus A330-200 arrived at Imam Khomeini Airport from Frankfurt, Germany Monday afternoon with masks, gloves, essential medicines, soap, and thermometers aboard to help address critical shortages in Iran’s health care system.

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Refugee Kids Quicker Than Adults at Languages

This boy from Syria was 11-years-old at the time of this picture in 2013. He was living with his family in a makeshift tent shelter in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. He hadn't been to school for two years because of the conflict, but then he was granted two hours of schooling every day. "The best thing about being back at school is that I can study again," he said. "I want to be a doctor when I'm older, and I really like to study and learn." (Photo courtesy UK Dept. of International Development) Creative Commons license via Flickr

As millions of displaced people move around the world in search of safer lives, learning the language of their adopted homes is a skill best acquired young. Scientists say there appears to be a critical period for language learning, although the length of this period and its underlying causes remain to be unraveled.

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Capacity Building is Building the Capacity to Grow

Capacity-building presentation at 21st Annual Meeting of National Authorities that are parties to The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an intergovernmental organisation that is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention. November 6, 2019, The Hague, The Netherlands (Photo courtesy OPCW) Creative commons license via Flickr

“Frequently invisible, and often overlooked, capacity building is the all-important ‘infrastructure’ that supports and shapes charitable nonprofits into forces for good,” declares the National Council of Nonprofits based in Washington, DC, the largest existing U.S. network of nonprofit organizations.

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Refugee Camps Rely on Renewables

Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp made the switch to clean energy in November 2017 with the inauguration of the largest solar power plant ever built in a refugee setting. (Photo by Yousef Al Hariri courtesy UNHCR) Posted for media use

In Iraq, displaced people struggle with the loss of electric power as blackouts and brownouts remain frequent even at grid-connected settlements, leaving refugees and the humanitarian community dependent on expensive, polluting diesel generators. In Ethiopia, most refugees lack any reliable access at all to electric lighting.

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Children, Hope of the World, At Risk

Children of trainee carpet weavers at an in-house kindergarten at the Afghan Bazar Carpet Company in Mazar-e Sharif, in northern Afghanistan's Balkh Province. December 3, 2019 (Photo courtesy International Labour Organisation Asia-Pacific) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Young people are his greatest source of hope, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the world in his New Year’s message today. “From climate action to gender equality to social justice and human rights, your generation is on the frontlines and in the headlines,” he said. “I am inspired by your passion and determination.”

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Billions Pledged at First Global Refugee Forum

Azeem, 27, at his shop in Karachi, Pakistan. Afghan refugees like Azeem have recently been allowed to open bank accounts. 2019 (Photo by Roger Arnold courtesy UNHCR)

The world’s first Global Refugee Forum ended Wednesday with hundreds of pledges and a “decisive shift” in approach. More than 770 pledges were made that ranged from financial support to more inclusive government policies to improving access to refugee employment, education, clean energy and resettlement.

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Weak COP25 Outcome Disappoints, Despite Achievements

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses thousands of delegates from around the world, opening the UN’s annual climate conference, COP25, Dec. 2, Madrid, Spain (Photo courtesy Earth Negotiations Bulletin)

Climate negotiations lasting 16 days have failed to find common ground on international carbon trading rules, one of the important issues at the UN’s COP25 climate summit in Madrid, which wrapped Sunday with a weak accord despite urging from the United Nations and civil society groups to address the climate emergency with “ambition.”

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167 Nations Adopt New Urban Agenda

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Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, has wrapped up in Quito, Ecuador, as delegations adopted the New Urban Agenda, a new framework that details how cities should be planned and managed to best achieve sustainability.

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Green Bond Market Shoots Up

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The green bond market reported a worldwide milestone in August when aggregate green bond issuance topped US$150 billion for the first time since the World Bank issued the inaugural green bond in 2008.

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