WANGO News 2019

From December 2 to 15, government representatives from more than 190 nations gathered in Madrid, Spain for the 25th United Nations Conference on Climate Change, also known as COP25, to discuss and advance climate action. While negotiators were unable to agree to concrete plans to strengthen the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement at the two-week-long conference, the EU committed to carbon neutrality by 2050 and 73 nations announced that they will submit an enhanced climate action plan. (Read more...)

WANGO participated in the 2019 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which took place in Washington, D.C. from October 14 to 20. The event drew together around 13,000 participants from 180 countries to discuss a range of issues related to poverty reduction, international economic development and finance, and building human capital, and featured a Civil Society Policy Forum that was held over four days. (Read more...)

In observance of Urban October 2019, the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) held its 14th annual session from September 5 to 6 at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the theme, "Sustainable Development of Cities and Human Settlements in the Digital Era." The event, which was supported by WANGO, produced the Addis Ababa Declaration, which provides inputs on World Urban Campaign activities and the World Urban Forum 2020. (Read more...)

The second World Tolerance Summit was held from November 13 to 14, 2019 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. WANGO joined more than 3,200 participants for the conference, whose theme was “Tolerance in Multiculturalism: Achieving the Social, Economic and Humane Benefits of a Tolerant World" and focused on how education and knowledge-sharing can be a powerful tool to raise awareness on tolerance in diversity. (Read more...)

With one-third of food produced for human consumption lost or wasted, and millions still going hungry, the UN's food-related agencies are spotlighting the issue. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published its annual State of Food and Agriculture report which contains fresh estimates of the scale of the problem and suggests possible solutions, and in early October, the World Food Programme (WFP) launched the #StopTheWasteCampaign. (Read more...)

Sixty-six countries have committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, the UN announced on September 23. These governments are joined by 10 regions, 102 cities, 93 businesses, and 12 investors. The UN estimates that the world needs to increase its current efforts five-fold to contain climate change to the levels dictated by science--a rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius by the year 2100 to avoid escalating climate damage. (Read more...)

To meet the urgent need to address climate change and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres is convening a Summit on September 23 to raise ambition and increase climate action. The UN Secretary-General is calling on all leaders to come to the Summit with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050. (Read more...)

The 14th Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS 2019) is scheduled to take place from September 5 to 6 at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in observance of Urban October 2019. The event, whose theme is "Sustainable Development of Cities and Human Settlements in the Digital Era," is being co-sponsored by WANGO. (Read more...)

The Fifth Annual Agribusiness and Economic Industry Summit was held at the UN Headquarters in New York from July 24 to 26, 2019. The event, whose theme was "Accelerating Innovation Worldwide through Partnerships and Roadmaps," addressed chronic undernourishment, particularly in Africa, and was co-supported by WANGO. (Read more...)

At the G20 Summit held in Osaka, Japan from June 28 to 29, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed to the leaders from the largest and fastest-growing economies for stronger commitment to climate action. “All the analyses that can be made show the [climate] situation, in practical terms, is worse than what we could have forecasted, and the political will has been failing," he said, calling it “a paradox that needs to be addressed." He also highlighted that G20 nations represent 80 percent of climate change emissions and called for greater international financial and economic cooperation. (Read more...)

The Netherlands Education Group, a project of Libertas International, a WANGO member, is offering several courses on management and leadership for NGOs in the second half of 2019 and in January 2020 that are now open for registration. Courses include Raising Effectiveness of the Organization: Lean Six Sigma Training for NGOs, Project Management for Youth Organizations, and Leadership Skills Development. To learn more, click on the headline above. (Read more...)

OffGridBox, a clean technology startup based in the U.S. and WANGO member that provides access to power and clean water to underserved communities in rural areas globally, is donating a free OffGridBox (valued up to $30,000) to a high impact project in need of solar electricity and water purification. Its goal is to find local implementing partners with teams in the field to collaborate on future projects and help it expand its reach. For more information, click on the headline above.(Read more...)

WANGO participated in the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which took place in Washington, D.C. from April 8 to 14. The event drew together around 2,800 delegates from government, civil society, the private sector, and academia to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, and aid effectiveness, and featured a Civil Society Policy Forum that was held over four days. (Read more...)

Humentum, a global nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. focused on advancing operational excellence for social good, is excited to announce it is offering more accessible certification and more affordable learning solutions through its USAID training program in 2019--including an easy-to-complete Certification in USAID Assistance Management and a new course on Best Practices in Managing Donor Funding. For more information, click on the link above.(Read more...)

The Vatican brought together the leaders of South Sudan's government and its opposition for a two-day ecumenical retreat from April 10 to 11 to support peace and reconciliation in the nation, which is expected to set-up a unity government. South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, and two years later, in 2013, had devolved into a civil war that left at least 400,000 people dead and displaced millions. At the end of the retreat, Pope Francis kissed the feet of the leaders and urged them to "stay in peace."(Read more...)

The NGO Market is an annual one-day event organized by Czech NGO Forum 2000 that provides nonprofits in Central and Eastern Europe an opportunity to present their activities to the public, establish new partnerships, and gain valuable know-how needed for successful nonprofit management. The 2019 NGO Market will take place on April 10 in Prague, Czech Republic. Registration for NGOs opens on February 1. (Read more...)

Peace and Cooperation, a recipient of the WANGO Peace & Security Award, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) invites students and schools to participate in the 2018-2019 Global Scholar Art Campaign: "For a Safer World - Join Forces With the CTBTO." The deadline to submit entries of artwork is April 15, 2019. (Read more...)

Speaking to Devex on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the head of the European Union's humanitarian agency, ECHO, confirmed that U.K. NGOs will lose their ECHO funding if no Brexit deal is reached but pointed to other options for continued collaboration.(Read more...)

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