UK World

The West Has the Blood of Drowning Migrants on Its Hands

John Wight | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
John Wight

The drowning of 800 people in the Mediterranean is a crime against humanity, the ultimate responsibility for which lies not with the people traffickers operating the boats involved, as some assert, but Western governments that have destabilised the nations from which those refugees are so desperate to escape they are willing to risk their lives in the process.

The Lessons of Rana Plaza: Tackling a Silent Crisis That Begins in Childhood

Sarah Brown | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
Sarah Brown

We must continue to fight for the rights of workers everywhere by ensuring that no one should be coerced or forced into unsafe work - especially not children - because that is all that is available to them. The children of the Rana Plaza disaster should be managing the factories of the future and their children should have options that those brave men and women never dreamed of. We will not get there until we ensure that all children everywhere have access to an education.

Not a Day to Waste

James Whiting | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
James Whiting

I'm a firm believer in Winston Churchill's adage, "No one should waste a day". World Malaria Day (25 April) is most definitely a day we don't want to waste because the stakes in the battle against the world's oldest disease are so incredibly high.

Let's Lift Europe's Death Sentence for Refugees

Stephen Hale | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

The EU's focus is still on keeping people out, not keeping them safe. This approach is illegal, impractical, and immoral. Every person making this crossing is entitled to a fair hearing and protection if they are shown to be a refugee. Thursday's summit failed to acknowledge this, and will thus do little to end the humanitarian emergency on our doorstep.

Where Will 'Hell' Strike Next?

William Bell | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK
William Bell

The Middle East today is in a perilous condition, with violent conflict, poverty and large scale displacement increasing. For too long the international community has pursued politics and largely ignored vulnerable communities.

Turn the Guns on Katie Hopkins and the Traffickers by All Means, But Don't Forget Cameron

Steve Symonds | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK
Steve Symonds

This is a pan-European emergency, which requires a pan-European response. We need to reinstate the search and rescue operations immediately and this time it must be properly funded, including by the UK. It is completely unacceptable to refuse help when we know men, women and children are drowning in their hundreds.

Small Things, Big Difference

Arabella Gilchrist | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK
Arabella Gilchrist

A week ahead of World Malaria Day, there is much that rings true in his words, for in the fight against the world's biggest killer disease, many small things (backed by some big commitment) have led to extraordinary progress.

What Does Dog Rabies Cost the World Today?

Deborah Briggs | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK
Deborah Briggs

A new report published today reveals the staggering cost of dog rabies to the world economy. Rabies costs $8.6bn and kills 160 people every single day. It is the world's most deadly infectious disease. Once symptoms show, it is close to 100% fatal - and yet it is entirely preventable.

Labour Will Reduce the Amount of Aid Delivered by Consultants

Mary Creagh | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

There is a clear choice at the election. Another five years of the Tories' misspending the aid budget because they don't believe in justice for the world's poorest; or Labour's better plan to ensure the development budget is spent well, spent on the right things and properly accounted for.

Words of Concern, Walls of Deterrence: Refugees Pushed Out to Sea

Aurélie Ponthieu | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK
Aurélie Ponthieu

In the last 15 years, the Mediterranean Sea has transformed into a graveyard for more than 20,000 migrants and refugees searching for protection and a better life in Europe. At least 3,500 people drowned close to European shores in 2014, many of them from Syria, Eritrea or sub-Saharan Africa. Already this year, 500 people have lost their lives at sea, and that's before the summer period when the majority of people attempt the dangerous crossing.

The Cost of Providing the World's Poorest People With Their Own National Health Service

Jeremy Horner | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Jeremy Horner

Today the Overseas Development Institute are releasing a report called 'Financing the Future' which shows that free basic universal healthcare would cost $74 billion a year to deliver in the 33 poorest countries - equivalent to just 4% of total bailout support provided to the banks by the UK Government.

Education for All 2000-2015: The #EduVerdict is in!

Aaron Benavot | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

The 12th GMR report has just been launched: 'Education for All 2000-2015: achievements and challenges.' The Report shows how the world has done in achieving the six Education for All goals set out in Dakar in 2000.

Yemen: A Humanitarian Catastrophe

Chad Anderson | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK
Chad Anderson

The third night of airstrikes was the worst. One I will never forget. I struggled to text my family as I shook like a leaf from head to toe. Waiting out the storm in an internal room, three walls between us and the fighting, I tried to breathe deeply as the entire house shook with each impact.

A Paris Climate Agreement - Africa's Opportunity for a Sustainable Century

Christiana Figueres | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK
Christiana Figueres

Traditional investment means first taking a risk to reap a reward later. The beauty of climate action is that the reward comes first and future risk i...

Life In The North: Arctic Animals

Frontier | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK
Frontier

The world's most desolate climate is home to animals that have adapted to take the harsh environment and thrive in it. Many of the arctic residents ar...

Yemen: The New Battleground Front in Saudi Arabia and Iran's Cold War

Dilly Hussain | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Dilly Hussain

For many observers, the Saudi-led campaign against the Houthis is the latest episode in an ongoing wider cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Yemen, many argue, is the latest battleground front - joining Lebanon, Bahrain, Syria and Iraq - where the region's chief power-brokers have been locked in a proxy war for the best part of 20 years.

The Building That Changed London

Edward Bazalgette | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK
Edward Bazalgette

While Crossness Pumping Station may not feature on a postcard, it has perhaps played a bigger part in changing the lives of ordinary Londoners than any other building, saving thousands from death and disease. My great-great-great grandfather Sir Joseph Bazalgette designed and built Crossness...

Islam Has a History of Protecting Civilisation, Not Destroying It

Adam Walker | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Adam Walker

Over the past weeks and months, the world has been witness to the tragic destruction of historical sites across Iraq - both secular and religious. The most recent attacks on humankind's shared civilisation saw ISIS destroy the ancient cities of Nimrod and Hatra.

The Bodies Pile Up in Yemen's Civil War and Saudi Arabia's Bombing Campaign, But Who Is Counting the Casualties?

Jack Serle | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Jack Serle

The challenges stem, in part, from the lack of independent on-the-ground reporting to corroborate the proliferation of videos and tweets. Perhaps paradoxically in the digital age, the fog of war has never been denser.

Iran: the New Chapter

Robin Lustig | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

It's a deal. Or, to be strictly accurate, it's a framework deal, which means that Iran and the six major powers with whom it's been negotiating over its nuclear research programme still have a few i's to dot and t's to cross. Even so, it's definitely worth celebrating. Not so long ago, there was a distinct possibility that Israel, with or without tacit US approval, might launch air strikes against Iran, with incalculable consequences for the region.

UN Debates on Drugs: "There Must Be No New Thinking and No New Ideas"

Ann Fordham | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Ann Fordham

A growing number of governments believe that current drug control leads to disastrous consequences for human rights, public health, citizen security and sustainable livelihoods, and that it has to be modernised.

World Leaders Hold Syrians' Lives in the Balance

Justin Forsyth | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

World leaders are gathering in Kuwait today to decide the fate of millions of people in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Kuwait pledging conference, the third of its kind, will bring together the UN and donor governments to pledge money to help civilians caught up in the spiralling violence. They will need to be generous - as the war enters its fifth year, Syrians and their neighbours are increasingly unable to cope with this unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

Why I Left My Job for Earth Hour

Holly Welsh | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Welsh

When I joined the Earth Hour team at the beginning of the year, I suspected my time at WWF would not be your ordinary internship, and I'm happy to say I was 100% right!

Ebola Outbreak: Next Time, Make It a Different Story

Unni Krishnan | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Speed is an important factor for any successful emergency response: Next time, to outsmart the virus, we need to act fast through quick deployment of equipment, specialists and field hospitals. Speed will play a critical role in writing a different story for the first hundred days - in Africa or elsewhere.

Cameroon: Helping Central African Refugees Overcome Trauma Caused by the Massacres

Pauline Hede | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Pauline Hede

The coup d'etat that took place in Central African Republic two years ago this week has affected nearly the entire population, leaving over half of it (over 2.5 million) in dire need of assistance. Over 450,000 people have fled the country with almost as many internally displaced.