The United Nations’ charter is to achieve international cooperation in solving economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian problems, on a global scale. Humanitarianism is the emergency response to human suffering that’s a result of natural and man-made disasters including earthquakes, famine, and the consequences of armed conflict. The United Nations, governmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) all provide humanitarian relief.
Below are some of our most popular in-depth insights, articles, and podcasts, about humanitarian crises, their causes, and the responses designed to stop human suffering. Click to see a list of other popular global topics.
The Top 13 Overlooked Global Humanitarian Crises Read the article, from April 2019, about the top 13 overlooked humanitarian crises, with a map of their locations. Learn about the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and why all 13 of the overlooked crises are funded by them. Click here to read the article.
Interview With Ban Ki-moon, Author Of “Uniting Nations In A Divided World” Listen to experts discussing, in June 2021, the strengths and weaknesses of the United Nations and UN Security Council, as well as perspectives on key UN activities. Includes an introduction to the UN Secretary General’s new book “Uniting Nations In A Divided World.” Click here to listen to the podcast.
Taliban Rule Leading To Economic, Humanitarian, and Human Rights Catastrophe In Afghanistan Listen to experts discussing, in December 2021, the catastrophe that’s unfolding under the new Taliban rule and what’s needed to lessen the suffering of those caught up in it. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Taliban’s Impact On Humanitarian And Development NGOs In Afghanistan Listen to experts discussing, in September 2021, the need for engagement with the Taliban to develop mutually acceptable work agreements to enable the resumption of Humanitarian and Development activity on behalf of the Afghani people. Click here to listen to the podcast.
UN Committee Rules That Climate Refugees Deserve Special Protection Read the article, from February 2020, about a UN committee’s ruling that climate refugees deserve special protection, and why it matters. Learn about the case of Ioane Teitiota. Click here to read the article.
United Nations Investigators Reportedly Slain in Congo Read the article, from March 2017, about two members of a UN sanctions enforcement team who were kidnapped and murdered while investigating human rights violations in the central Democratic Republic of Congo. Click here to read the article.
COVID-19’s Impact On The Humanitarian Aid Industry Listen to experts discussing, in October 2020, COVID-19 and how it’s forcing a reckoning in the humanitarian aid sector. Learn about the history of adaptation in the sector and how lessons from COVID could impact humanitarian aid. Click here to listen to the podcast.
UN Warns Of A Massive Crisis Locusts Ravage East Africa’s Food Supply
Read the article, from February 2020, about the UN’s warning of a massive humanitarian emergency-in-the-making, as desert locusts ravage the food supply of East Africa. Click here to read the article.
Eritrean Refugees In Tigray Are Trapped Read the article, from August 2021, about the Eritrean refugees who are trapped and cut off from communication and humanitarian aid. Learn about the continued persecution by all parties and Russia’s threat to veto continued humanitarian aid access. Click here to read the article.
Why 50 Cent is a Humanitarian Genius Read the article, from February 2012, about how 50 Cent is providing 1 billion meals to Africa, through the WFP (World Food Program). Learn about the genius of his plan to link his promotional appearances, donation solicitations, and the sales of his energy drink to fund the meals. Click here to read the article.
The Last Humanitarian Lifeline to Syria May Soon Be Severed | A View From Northern Syria and the United Nations Listen to experts discussing, in July 2022, Russia’s Security Council veto authority to close the only access route to trapped civilians in northern Syria. Closing the special UN-sanctioned route would isolate the civilians and would end the life-sustaining Humanitarian aid. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz | Live From The Aspen Security Forum Listen to experts discussing, in July 2022, Poland’s first-hand experience with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s ruthless politics, and the resulting consequences of Russia’s unprovoked war on Ukraine and other interdependent countries. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Somalia is on the Brink of Famine Listen to experts discussing, in September 2022, the UN’s continued warnings about an impending famine in Somalia. Learn how multiple factors, including Covid-19 based shortages, sustained drought, local conflict, and severe poverty have created an overwhelming wave of IDPs, malnutrition, and death. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Meet Jamila Afghani, 2022 Laureate of the Aurora Prize For Awakening Humanity Listen to experts discussing, in November 2022, Jamila Afghani. Learn who she is, why she was awarded the 2022 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, and the history and work of her NGO to advance women’s rights in Afghanistan. Click here to listen to the podcast.
The Top Global Crises To Expect In 2023 | David Miliband Listen to experts discussing, in December 2022, the International Rescue Committee’s global crises watchlist for 2023. Learn about the methodology of creating a crisis watchlist, the top crises of concern, existing humanitarian solutions, and where humanitarian needs are expected to be most acute, SDG3. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Can Canadian Diplomacy Help End Cameroon’s Civil War Listen to experts discussing, in March 2023, the bloody Cameroon civil war, its history, failed previous negotiations, and the party’s current consideration of Canadian facilitation of peace talks. Learn about the Anglophone Crisis and prospects for a lasting resolution. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Moldova Is Fending Off A Russian Destabilization Campaign Listen to experts discussing, in March 2023, Moldovan grit and compassion as it fends off a Russian destabilization campaign, complete with Russian energy deprivation. Learn how Moldova’s pro-democratic government continues to provide humanitarian aid and sanctuary for Ukrainian refugees. Click here to listen to the podcast.
It’s Syria Earthquake Relief Vs Messy International Politics Listen to experts discussing, in February 2023, the non-symmetric supply of humanitarian resources to Turkey Vs Syria. Learn about the international politics that is blocking the access route needed by the UN, to provide the massive cross-border response that is available. Understand the constituents, complexities, and probability that sufficient aid will ever get to those desperately in need. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Will War Resume Between Armenia And Azerbaijan? Listen to experts discussing, in February 2023, the deteriorating Azerbaijan-Armenian ceasefire and control over the former Azerbaijan region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Learn about regional supply blockades, a worsening humanitarian crisis and the hopeful intervention by the European Union to stabilize the conflict. Click here to listen to the podcast.
Can One Of The World’s Largest Refugee Camps Handle A Coming Rush Of Arrivals? Listen to experts discussing, in February 2023, Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, its ballooning population, and the ability of its humanitarian agencies to provide basic services. Learn about concern over needed infrastructure expansion and a worsening incidence of acute childhood malnutrition. Click here to listen to the podcast.