DGI Brief - Oct 19, 2016

Good Wednesday, everyone. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Haiti #Iraq #Turkey #SouthSudan and #Ukraine. - HAITI: Government & UN officials report with concern the damage of 11 of 33 hospitals & most of the cholera treatment centers in in the most hard-hit regions (Grand’Anse, Nippes & Sud), as well as 34 of 212 centers for treatment of acute diarrhea countrywide. There are over 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, 40% of them are children. Why it matters: Already impoverished, the Haitian population is faced with severe food insecurity, clean water shortage & malnutrition and the devastation of livelihoods, shelter & infrastructure will further exacerbate the bl

DGI Brief - Oct 18, 2016

Good Tuesday to all. Today's top 5 global issues #news are about #child #nutrition, #Syria #Burundi #Afghanistan and #Venezuela: - WORLD: According to UNICEF, 5 in 6 children under the age 2 suffer limited physical and cognitive development due to lack of proper or sufficient energy & nutrients. Other data is just as concerning: • One in 5 babies hasn’t been fed any solid foods by the age of 11 months. • Half of children aged six months to two years are not fed the minimum number of meals for their age, increasing their risk of stunting. • Less than one-third of children in this age group eat a diverse diet – meaning from four or more food groups daily – causing deficiencies in vitamins & mi

DGI Brief - Oct 17, 2016

Good Monday to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #climatechange #Iraq #DRCongo #Russia & #India and #USA: - WORLD: At the 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP28) to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali, Rwanda last week, over 170 nations agreed to ban hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), a chemical used in air conditioning & refrigerators & a super potent greenhouse gas. Wealthier countries agreed to stop production of appliances emitting HFC altogether, while helping developing countries with HFC alternatives. Anyone breaking their commitment will face sanctions. Why it matters: this commitment will shave 0.5 degrees off the rising global temperature & remove about 70 billion tons of carbon dioxi

DGI Brief - Oct 14, 2016

Happy Friday to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Haiti #Hungary #SouthSudan #Colombia and a #GoodStoryFriday about #India's leadership in combatting #climatechange: - HAITI: The livelihoods of over 1 million of people have been destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. Between 90-100% of crops & around 50% of livestock were lost & the fishing industry ‘washed away’ to the sea. Why it matters: The loss of life is tragic, the economic losses appear to be catastrophic. Experts say that recovery of the agricultural sector that so many Haitians depend on for the most basic livelihood can take up to 10 years – our response efforts will have to take this into account. Destroyed fruit trees, s

DGI Brief - Oct 13, 2016

Good Thursday to all. Today's top 5 global issues #news are about #USA #Yemen #Venezuela #Nigeria #Afghanistan and #electricvehicle - USA: After 2 US warships sailing in the Red Sea near YEMEN were fired upon (but missed) from Houthi rebel controlled areas, the US retaliated by striking their radar stations with 3 cruise missiles. Why it matters: this attack represents the first direct US military involvement in the war in Yemen, thus far fought by Saudi Arabian-led coalition. USA has provided intelligence, air campaign planning & refueling help – highly criticized for resembling the Russian support to Syria. The Saudi-led airstrikes have so far failed to rid the country of Houthi rebels yet

DGI Brief - Oct 11, 2016

Good Tuesday to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #mentalhealth #Haiti #Burundi #Syria and #Turkey #Iraq: This year, the WORLD Health Summit addressed only marginally one of the greatest problems faced by displaced populations – refugees, migrants & internally displaced – as well as those unable to leave conflict or disaster areas… mental health. Why it matters: even Western countries struggle with mental healthcare for its citizens, often dubbed ‘silent sickness’, so mental health for people in developing countries & war zones can seem to be at the bottom of priorities. But unfortunately it is everything but that. We see PTSD, trauma, severe emotional distress & depression amo

DGI Brief - Oct 10, 2016

​​SMLXL Happy Monday, all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Yemen #FIFA #Ethiopia #Russia & #Turkey and #Estonia - On Saturday, Saudi-led coalition struck a funeral hall in YEMEN’s rebel-held capital of Sana’a killing > 140 mourners & injuring >500. The funeral was for an official from the rebel Houthi group. Subsequently, the Houthis launched 2 missiles that landed inside Saudi Arabia, targeting the Saudi air base on the outskirts of Mecca as well as in the Red Sea near US Navy destroyer, USS Mason. Saudi Arabia issued a letter of apology for the funeral attack, while the US administration begins an “immediate review” of its support for the Kingdom. Why it matters: Saudi Arabia i

DGI Brief - Oct 7, 2016

Good Thursday to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Poland #Pakistan #Tanzania #Russia and #climatechange - POLAND: The protes

DGI Brief - Oct 5, 2016

Happy Wednesday, all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #USA #EU #poverty #UnitedNations and #Colombia: - USA: Hurricane Matthew, that caused >11 deaths in the Caribbean, downgraded to Category 3 storm but is predicted to wreak havoc across the coast lines of Florida, Georgia & the Carolinas by Thursday/Friday. State officials urge massive evacuations with many people complying while others being dismissive of the strongest storm since Wilma in October 2005. That storm killed 5 people in Florida and caused est. $21 billion in damage. Why it matters: It is very dangerous to underestimate extreme weather in our time – with global warming come rising sea levels which means every weathe

DGI Brief - Oct 4, 2016

Good Tuesday to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Afghanistan #Haiti #Thailand #UK and #climatechange - Since the withdrawal of foreign troops, AFGHANISTAN has been facing crises at every front – from political instability, weak economy, law & order, to corruption, rising unemployment, displacement, ethnic divide etc. This week, international donors & Afghan government meet in Brussels to discuss the situation. Why it matters: It is suggested that the war economy helped Afghanistan’s rapid growth – estimated 200,000 Afghans lost jobs with the withdrawal. As the international community, we are guilty of not properly analyzing the consequences of the drawdown. The humanitarian c

DGI Brief - Oct 3, 2016

Good Monday to all! Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Colombia #USA #Russia #Poland #NorthKorea and #Africa: COLOMBIA just had a Brexit moment. Over the weekend, voters got to accept or reject the landmark peace agreement between the government & the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), that had the chance to end 52 years of civil war. Both sides vowed to respect the ceasefire & will go back to the drawing board on a new peace deal. Why it matters: Polls showed that Colombians widely supported the deal despite concerns about some of its provisions & deep-rooted mistrust of FARC. The expectation, just like with Brexit, was that people would choose the best option for the c

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