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Five Impactful Humanitarian Articles in 2016

Humanitarian organizations often communicate through press releases, blogs, or other written media. Through these articles, they shape our world view regarding humanitarian situations and crises all around the globe.

The importance of humanitarian articles

They give us updates about our field of work. Journalists or other recipients review such information and can distribute this content, causing it to spread to millions of readers. Social media has made this especially easy.

Journalism is an important line of work. By investigating and reporting events, issues and trends to a broad audience for different purposes, journalists review the work of humanitarian organizations. When something isn’t right, journalists act as a mediator between the public and policy making elites. When organizations communicate, journalists listen and review the information. Making sure honest and just work is being done.

The articles below offer notable humanitarian information over the year 2016. It entails the refugee crisis, Sustainable Development Goals, The World Humanitarian Summit and the humanitarian prospect for 2017.

  • Europe braces for major 'humanitarian crisis' in Greece after row over refugees - The Guardian
    “European governments are bracing for a major humanitarian emergency in Greece amid rising panic that the EU’s fragmented efforts to cope with its migration crisis are nearing breakdown. EU interior ministers met in Brussels on Thursday in their latest attempt to forge a common response, but the meeting was clouded by a ferocious row between Greece and Austria, which is spearheading a campaign to quarantine Greece and throttle the flow of migrants up the Balkans by partially sealing the Greek border with Macedonia.”
  • The World Humanitarian Summit: winners and losers - IRIN
    “Staffers were still counting when UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that more than 1,500 commitments had emerged from the bewildering series of closed-door roundtables, panel discussions and impromptu announcements that constituted this week’s World Humanitarian Summit. Navigating the labyrinth of back corridors crammed with aides and security people was in and of itself a challenge, let alone making sense of the outcomes of thousands of people simultaneously discussing a range of issues in some 200 separate events. As one observer put it: “Part high-level political meeting, part public caucus, the meeting itself was schizophrenic by design.” As the dust settles, here’s a summary of what was – and wasn’t – agreed.”
  • UN humanitarian aid agency: Record $22.2B needed in 2017 - New York Times
    “The U.N.'s humanitarian aid coordination agency says it and partners require a record $22.2 billion next year to help people hit by conflict and disasters around the world, a 10 percent increase from the appeal for this year with war and disease wracking countries like Syria, Yemen and South Sudan. More than one-third of the total expected need, or $8.1 billion, projected by OCHA aims to help people in Syria and refugees from it. Overall, the appeal announced Monday from the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs seeks to help nearly 93 million people either in 33 countries — nearly two-thirds of them in Africa.”
  • Why did you become a humanitarian? Aid workers share their motivations – The Guardian
    “Whether out of a desire to help those in need or by accident, readers share their reasons for working as humanitarians – despite near death experiences.”
  • Why Sustainable Development Goals are Important - Raptim
    “What we hope is to see the world in which every person and organization strives to prevent environmental calamities, economic differences, violation of human rights, sub-par education and healthcare to the best of their abilities. That would be a world filled with compassion. This is a vision we share with the United Nations as well as other multitudinous countries across the globe. On September 25th, 2015, countries adopted a set of goals under the United Nations supervision to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. These are called the Sustainable Development Goals. Each of these goals consists of targets which should be achieved by each participating country within the next 15 years. Every country should be committed and work tirelessly towards achieving the objectives divulged in these goals.”

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