WANGO News 2018

After two weeks of negotiations, the almost 200 parties that gathered in Katowice, Poland for the UN COP24 climate conference, adopted on December 15 a set of implementing guidelines, called the "rulebook" by some, for the 2015 Paris Agreement. (Read more...)

Routes 2 Roots, a WANGO NGO member working to spread and sustain peace in South Asia and across the world through cultural diplomacy, has added 100 schools to its digital learning program, Virsa. The program involves teaching students about Indian culture and performing arts through interactive online lessons, and is being carried out in collaboration with India's Ministry of Culture. (Read more...)

In observance of World Cities Day 2018, the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) held its 13th annual session from October 30 to 31 at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. The event, which was supported by WANGO, focused on the theme "Advancing Urban Innovations to Achieve SDG 11 and the New Urban Agenda." (Read more...)

From November 25 to 26, Kenya, in partnership with Canada and Japan, hosted the first-ever Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi. The event, which drew more than 10,000 participants from 150 countries, addressed issues related to how to build a blue economy that will harness the potential of our global water resources in sustainable ways to improve the lives of all.(Read more...)

Available online as an app, the UNHCR's Emergency Handbook gives hands-on guidance to humanitarian workers and volunteers in all areas of life-saving assistance from registering refugees, to providing shelter, food, sanitation and more. The Handbook works on all electronic platforms, and once downloaded to a mobile device, even works offline in remote areas. It is now also available in Arabic, French, and Spanish. (Read more...) invites nonprofits and social enterprises from around the world to submit ideas for how they could use AI to help address societal challenges. Selected organizations will receive support from Google’s AI experts, grant funding from a $25 million pool, consulting from Google Cloud, and more. The deadline to apply is January 22, 2019. (Read more...)

Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle in the U.S. as a Category 4 storm on October 10, causing extensive damage. Christian Disaster Response (CDR), a WANGO partner, is on the ground providing meals and supplies to survivors, and is need of additional volunteers. To learn how you can help, please visit (Read more...)

The 2018 Global Hunger Index, published by Concern Worldwide and German NGO Welthungerhilfe, reveals that despite a 28 percent decrease in hunger and undernutrition levels globally since 2000, conditions have worsened in many nations. Approximately 124 million people suffer from acute hunger, an increase from 80 million two years ago, and the majority of those who die from starvation are children. (Read more...)

The first World Tolerance Summit has been announced for November 15 to 16, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The conference, whose theme is "Prospering from Pluralism: Embracing Diversity Through Innovation and Collaboration," will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, and bring together more than 500 leaders from around the world. (Read more...)

Museum for the United Nations - UN Live, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, is seeking a new CEO. UN Live, whose vision is “to connect people everywhere to the values and work of the United Nations" is looking for an ambitious, mission-driven, and globally-connected leader who can take the initiative from start-up to global institution. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2018. (Read more...)

With the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now law, is your NGO fully compliant? ProjectSimply has created a free e-guide to help NGOs make some of the necessary changes required by the legislation. The guide explains how the law affects NGOs and provides 13 steps your organization can take now to be compliant with GDPR.(Read more...)

Hurricane Florence made landfall along the U.S. Carolinas on September 13 causing widespread flooding. The Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) are tracking the private institutional responses to the hurricane and top recipients of funding on their Tracking Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief page. (Read more...)

The Overhead Myth is a tale all too familiar in the nonprofit sector. Unrealistic funder expectations put pressure on nonprofits to minimize infrastructure needs. Pitting operations against programs can lead to misleading reporting. Join NetSuite, Tides & The Nonprofit Times for a free webinar from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST on August 30 to discuss the operational insight that a financial management system can offer as a solution to breaking this cycle and how nonprofits can implement the right technology to accelerate their mission. (Read more...)

The "2018 SDG Index and Dashboards Report," by Bertelsmann Stiftung and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), introduces the first ever assessment of government efforts to achieve the SDGs. The analysis shows that no country is on track to achieve all the SDGs by 2030. (Read more...)

The 31st African Union Summit, whose theme for this year was "Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation," was held in Mauritania from June 25 to July 2. Key outcomes of the Summit included the creation of the African Observatory for Migration and Development (OAMD) to be based in Rabat, Morocco and the launch of a revitalized strategic plan that targets 10 countries in the Sahel region and six key areas including empowerment of women and youth and sustaining peace.(Read more...)

One year ago, countries gathered at the first-ever Ocean Conference where they unanimously committed to a set of ambitious measures to start reversing the decline of our ocean’s health. Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, talks about developments that have taken place since the conference, including the launch of the nine new Communities of Ocean Action, in this interview with the "UN DESA Voice." (Read more...)

Since 1994, APSA International, a Mauritius-based NGO, has been working to improve the prevention and management of diabetes in the country and Africa. It is committed to scaling up its activities and is seeking NGO partners to help it expand its reach to more communities in the region and globally. (Read more...)

The 27th International Conference on Health and Environment: Global Partners for Global Solutions, organized by the World Information Transfer in partnership with the government of Ukraine, and supported by WANGO, was held on April 27 at the UN headquarters in New York. The theme of this year's annual conference was "Sustainable Energy: Legacy of Chernobyl." (Read more...)

The Internet Society, now in its 26th year, is a nonprofit working for an Internet that is open, globally connected, and secure. To ensure everyone has an active voice in shaping tomorrow’s Internet, the Internet Society has launched a global survey to learn more about the challenges and opportunities the Internet represents for nonprofits and the communities they serve. To take the short survey, click on this article, or visit (Read more...)

Are you looking for grant funding? Join Maximpact Ecosystems for a 2-day live online training, from June 2 to 3, on how to write successful grant proposals. The deadline to enroll is May 25. (Read more...)

Computer programs that simulate written human conversation can answer donor questions, gather data, share stories, encourage advocacy, and even raise money.(Read more...)

A new survey by New Zealand's Council for International Development (CID) reveals the ways NGOs in the country raise funds, interact with other organizations, and do their work, is changing. One key change is that the public, the mainstay of funding for NGOs, is now more inclined to donate directly to groups in the nation needing the aid. (Read more...)

On April 3, the UN convened a high-level pledging event in Geneva, Switzerland for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, at which international donors pledged more than U.S. $2 billion to support the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid to millions of people in the country. (Read more...)

One Billion Drops, a U.S.-based nonprofit dedicated to identifying where poverty exists and what needs are present, has developed an app that allows users to pinpoint their location, identify local needs, and categorize requests according to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The free Android/iPhone app is best for any NGO operating or individual living in impoverished areas.(Read more...)

The Sustainable Energy For All Forum, the landmark gathering celebrating innovation and action in the global energy movement, will take place from May 2-3, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. More than 750 leaders from government, business, civil society and international organizations are expected to attend this year's Forum, under the theme, "Leaving No One Behind." Registration is open until April 27, 2018. (Read more...)

Four countries--Bhutan, Kiribati, Sao Tome and Principe, and the Solomon Islands--could soon “graduate” from the ranks of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable nations, a UN committee has announced. (Read more...)

Vitamin Angels, an international nonprofit that provides lifesaving vitamins to mothers and children under five who are at risk of malnutrition, is seeking new field partners—nonprofit organizations—to join its network and help it expand its reach.(Read more...)

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has rolled out a mobile app called MigApp in East and the Horn of Africa to help migrants make informed decisions throughout their migration journey. The app provides access to updated, reliable, and practical information as well as IOM services. (Read more...)

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The 2018 theme for the day is: “Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women's Lives.”(Read more...)

The UN Refugee Agency has released a "zero draft" of the Global Compact on Refugees that is meant to improve the international community's response to the refugee crisis. The draft compact will be discussed in a series of formal consultations with UN Member States between February and July 2018. (Read more...)

South Sudan is waiving registration fees for international and local NGOs for one year in a bid to encourage groups to help with the urgent humanitarian situation facing the country. (Read more...)

Innovation and experimentation with video, chatbots and mobile marketing can help charities reach a wider audience and amplify the work they do, writes nonprofit trainer and author, Beth Kanter, in this article. (Read more...)

In Damascus, Syria, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, outlined ways to sustain and improve humanitarian assistance and protection for everyone affected by the Syrian crisis this year. (Read more...)

At least half of the world's population cannot obtain essential health services, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to the out-of-pocket health expenses they must pay, according to a new UN-backed study. (Read more...)

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