World Humanitarian Summit’s Grand Bargain

June 10, 2016

The Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, May 23 - 24, 2016, was convened amidst an atmosphere described by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as outrage, frustration and deep concern about the state of our humanity.

Nine thousand participants were present in Istanbul for the Summit. They came from 173 countries and included 55 Heads of State along with representatives from 700 NGOs and 250 major international NGOs. There was controversy – Doctors Without Borders pulled out because of concerns that nothing would be done to protect their hospitals and medical centers from being attacked by actors in conflict zones (militias, government forces and police). Owing to disagreements among governments and aid agencies about how to improve global response to humanitarian crises, there was concern – would the Summit be able to achieve anything?

Not much progress was made on the intractable political issues like fostering Respect for the Rules of War (modern conflicts have been characterized by the targeting of civilian populations, and places of refuge such as hospitals, churches and mosques). But beyond this unexpected levels of progress did take place in the organizing and coordinating of humanitarian aid. The Summit revealed that the heart of humanity is sound and is ready to move forward in responding to the desperate needs of people in distress.

The Guardian reported that most members of the humanitarian aid community admitted to being pleasantly surprised by The Grand Bargain – A Shared Commitment to Better Serve People in Need, the major agreement reached between governments and aid agencies ...


Signposts for the Initiation of Humanity : Recent Developments at the United Nations

May 5, 2016

by Steve Nation, World Goodwill, New York

A talk presented at the University of the Seven Rays Conference, April 13, 2016, Phoenix, AZ, USA.

The testing preceding the initiation of humanity as a species plays itself out in world affairs. In recent decades we are witnessing something of a conclusion of the great battle of the Second World War when, at enormous cost, nations and their peoples took up arms against hatred and separation, inspired by future possibilities for freedom for all everywhere. A significant phase, of that battle concluded with the famous Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration presented an initiatory vision of a world modelled on principles of unity in diversity, of love and goodwill in community and national relationships. It was a sign that a new vision of future possibilities, in line with the dawning vision of oneness, now stood firmly before humanity as a whole. For almost seventy years since the Declaration history has been about confronting all the tests and choices involved in implementing that vision.   


The United Nations: Manifesting the Vision of the One humanity

April 27, 2016

by Dominic Dibble, Editor, World Goodwill Newsletter

A talk presented at the University of the Seven Rays Conference, April 13, 2016, Phoenix, AZ, USA.

What does it mean to speak of the United Nations as manifesting the vision of the One Humanity? I hope we will get some sense of this by taking a brief look at the way the UN emerged, and how it performs some of its most important work, namely the preparation and implementation of Declarations and Conventions.


UN to urge media to take more ‘constructive’ approach to news

April 25, 2016

UN officials say many people feel disempowered by the news and it needs to offer positive alternatives. On Wednesday April 27 2016 a new campaign will be launched in London by the UN in cooperation with the National Council for Voluntary Organizations in UK. 


World Bank Group Sets New Course to Help Countries Meet Urgent Climate Challenges

April 18, 2016

The World Bank Group’s Climate Change Action Plan, adopted on April 7 2016, is designed to help countries meet their Paris COP21 pledges and manage increasing climate impacts.

A key focus is boosting the resilience of people and communities to climate shocks, with new efforts to expand early warning systems, climate-smart social protection, and urban and coastal resilience.

The Bank Group is ramping up action in renewable energy, sustainable cities, climate smart agriculture, green transport and other areas – with ambitious targets for 2020.

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