News http://www.actionaid.org/tags/429/2480 en Team Trump must not be allowed to derail progress towards preventing climate catastrophe http://www.actionaid.org/news/team-trump-must-not-be-allowed-derail-progress-towards-preventing-climate-catastrophe <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-content"><div class="field field-date-display"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2018-12-10T00:00:00+00:00">Monday, December 10, 2018</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <p>ActionAid responds as the U.S adminstration hosts a side event at the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, to promote the use of 'clean' coal and natural gas.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Brandon Wu, director of policy and campaigns at ActionAid USA, says:&nbsp;</strong></p><p>“The Trump team’s side event on coal is yet another reminder that this administration is intent on putting the short-term interests of its cronies in the fossil fuel industry, above the long-term prosperity and survival of people in the U.S. and around the world.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;“Climate change is real and it’s happening right now. People in the U.S. and around the world are already suffering its impacts, as communities in California devasted by wildfires this summer know all too well.&nbsp;</p><p>“The Trump administration has already indicated it will pull out of the global deal on climate change, ignoring warnings from the world’s leading scientists that time is running out to avert climate catastrophe.&nbsp;</p><p>“Governments must not allow this and cynical stunts with the coal industry to derail progress towards agreeing the measures needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C and protect all of us from increasingly frequent and severe droughts, floods, extreme heat and poverty.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Notes to editors:</strong></p><p>An increase in global coal use is already pushing world carbon emissions to reach an all-time high this year, according to a report published last week by the Global Carbon Project.&nbsp;</p><p>CO2 emissions have now risen for a second year, after three years of little to no growth from 2014 to 2016. The rise this year is projected at 2.7%, after a rise in 2017 of 1.6%.&nbsp;</p><p>To limit global warming to the Paris Agreement goal of 1.5°C, CO2 emissions would need to decline by 50% by 2030 and reach net zero by around 2050.</p><div></div> </div> </fieldset> News Climate Change International Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:03:25 +0000 Jenna.Pudelek 728418 at http://www.actionaid.org Fiji must provide courageous leadership in climate talks says ActionAid http://www.actionaid.org/news/fiji-must-provide-courageous-leadership-climate-talks-says-actionaid <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-content"><div class="field field-date-display"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2017-11-03T00:00:00+00:00">Friday, November 3, 2017</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-intro"> <p><span>As a new round of climate negotiations gear up to start in Bonn next week, all eyes are on the small island state of Fiji, the official President of the negotiations&nbsp;for&nbsp;COP 23.</span></p> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <div><span>Harjeet Singh, global lead on climate&nbsp;change&nbsp;for ActionAid says,</span></div><div><span>&nbsp;</span></div><div><span>“This is the first time that a highly vulnerable small island state will preside over climate negotiations. This&nbsp;conference&nbsp;presents a poignant moment, and a powerful opportunity for&nbsp;change.</span></div><div><span>&nbsp;</span></div><div><span>“Fiji has a moral responsibility to make sure that the interests of vulnerable nations are represented, and that this climate&nbsp;conference&nbsp;is remembered for taking sides with the most impacted&nbsp;people.</span></div><div><span>&nbsp;</span></div><div><span>“It’s a scandal that while the system provides international finance to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change, there is still nothing&nbsp;for those coping with loss &amp; damage from climate impacts. Essentially, to those that have lost everything, the UN&nbsp;is saying ‘Sorry guys, you’re on your own.’</span></div><div><span>&nbsp;</span></div><div><span>“A key part of Fiji’s role will be to ensure that the new ‘rulebook’ for implementing the Paris Agreement really does deliver meaningful climate action. But they must also provide courageous leadership to make vulnerable people safe from the impacts of climate change.”&nbsp;</span></div> </div> </fieldset> News Climate Change International Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:40:27 +0000 ravneeta 711694 at http://www.actionaid.org “We will go back as a very strong ActionAid Team.” - Mr. Shihab Uddin Ahamad, Country Director of ActionAid Myanmar http://www.actionaid.org/2017/03/we-will-go-back-very-strong-actionaid-team-mr-shihab-uddin-ahamad-country-director-actionaid <div class="field field-image-nid"> <div class="buildmode-embedded_image"> <div class="node node-type-image clear-block"> <div class="nd-region-middle-wrapper nd-no-sidebars" ><div class="nd-region-middle"><div class="field field-image-file"> <a href="/2017/03/we-will-go-back-very-strong-actionaid-team-mr-shihab-uddin-ahamad-country-director-actionaid" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large imagecache-linked imagecache-thumb_large_linked"><img 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justify;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 115%;">2017 Retreat of ActionAid Myanmar took place in Ngwe Saung Beach, Ayeyawady Region. As the culture of AAM, all staff across the country gathered and joined the retreat.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Staff full of four buses left for the destination from AAM Head Office in January 26 morning. The first thing done after having lunch at the beach was introducing the different teams of retreat plan. Muani, Head of HROD, facilitated the introduction session and Country Director of AAM, Saya Shihab gave welcoming speech emphasizing on building stronger relationship within the organization. The introduction was followed by “Getting to know each other” session with playing games and dancing with the song “A Song for Solidarity” which brought so much fun to everyone. After “Getting to know each other” section, all staff were divided into six teams representing six values of AAM, namely: Solidarity, Equity and Justice, Courage of Conviction, Transparency and Accountability, Humility, and Independence and Neutrality.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Second day of the retreat started with group photo taking on the sandy shore of Ngwe Saung Beach. The day was full of activities based on discussion about AAM’s values. Each team presented their reflection on respective value with amazing performances as well as creation of value slogans. Afternoon was the time when all staff brainstormed on conferring about AAM’s way forward. Everyone actively participated in the discussions and gave suggestions which were summarized by Saya Shihab’s remarks.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Beach sports and games program on the next day highlighted the most important purpose of retreat – improving the relationship among ActionAiders. Through all the sports and games played, stronger solidarity and participatory skills were created via the game like: building sand castles. The teams managed to involve every member in different games and cheered up not only their own team, but also others. At night, grand dinner and entertainment program passed much laughter and relaxation.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Three-long retreat trip successfully finished on Sunday. Why the word “successfully” is used is that all the staff from different areas both head office and field offices become significantly closer to each other and could shape tighter bond. In addition, AAM’s values and way forward were also figured out with the ideas of all ActionAiders. We truly came back as a very strong ActionAid team!</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Written by Hsu Mon Aung, Communications Officer, ActionAid Myanmar<br /></span></p> </div> http://www.actionaid.org/2017/03/we-will-go-back-very-strong-actionaid-team-mr-shihab-uddin-ahamad-country-director-actionaid#comments News Myanmar Asia International Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:17:42 +0000 Hsumon.Aung 695759 at http://www.actionaid.org In a community in Myanmar, a ‘role model’ changes attitudes and actions http://www.actionaid.org/2017/01/community-myanmar-role-model-changes-attitudes-and-actions <div class="field field-image-nid"> <div class="buildmode-embedded_image"> <div class="node node-type-image clear-block"> <div class="nd-region-middle-wrapper nd-no-sidebars" ><div class="nd-region-middle"><div class="field field-image-file"> <a href="/2017/01/community-myanmar-role-model-changes-attitudes-and-actions" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large imagecache-linked imagecache-thumb_large_linked"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/thumb_large/image/un.jpg" alt="ActionAid, Myanmar, fellow, women&#039;s rights" title="At a community gathering, Tin Moe Tun uses an ActionAid toolkit game to get fellow villagers involved in a discussion on women’s rights. Photo: ActionAid Myanmar" width="140" height="140" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large"/></a> </div> </div></div> </div> <!-- /node --> </div> <!-- /buildmode --> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tha Lu Pyein village, Myanmar — Tin Moe Tun farms for a living, but he is also trying to cultivate something else in his little village: an understanding among the men that it’s not OK to demean and attack women and girls.</span></p><p><span>The village is poor, and economic opportunities are hard to come by. Many of the men want to live ‘freely’ and don’t like outsiders telling them what to do, some of them find solace in alcohol and the social atmosphere of tea shops. The comfort this offers is short-lived, and an evening’s drinking can result in the men taking out their frustrations over work on their wives and daughters.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>But the situation is far from hopeless, says Tin Moe Tun, a ‘male role model’ volunteer who uses anecdotes and games in the tea shops and gathering places in his community to persuade his fellow villagers, that women and men deserve the same rights, to live in safety and to have a say in village affairs.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>“Women will participate in the decision-making process in village development activities through the men empowering and supporting them,” he says. “So this is where I will focus my efforts.”</span></p><p><span><div class="ibimage-with-caption ibimage_right" style="width:400px;"><a href="http://actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_content_fullwidth/image/un1.jpg" target="_self"><img src="http://actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_content_fullwidth/image/un1.jpg" alt="File 36562" title="" width="400" height="317" class="ibimage"/></a><span class="ibimage-caption">Tin Moe Tun, a 'male role model' trained by ActionAid Myanmar</span></div></span></p><p><span>Tin Moe Tun is one of 20 men in two ethnic areas, Kayah State and Rakhine State, whom the NGO ActionAid Myanmar has trained as ‘role models’, as part of a project to stem violence against women by challenging social and cultural norms, which is supported through a grant from the <a href="http://untf.unwomen.org/en">UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund)</a>. These men promote a safe family environment, share their knowledge of women’s rights with other men, and join other men to organize groups to protect women.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Violence against women, particularly husbands against wives, is widespread in Myanmar, and occurs more commonly in the rural areas. It is rooted in traditional patriarchal beliefs and customs, weak institutions and law enforcements, and the practice of settling violent incidents by simply handing over monetary compensation.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tha Lu Pyein is a farming and fishing village of 392 people in Rambree Township in Rakhine State, on the western coast of Myanmar, with a population of mostly Buddhist and Rakhine ethnicity.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tin Moe Tun, 31, is married to Ma Win Win Naing, who works as an accountant at the township development organization, and is a paralegal trained by ActionAid Myanmar to provide help and support to her fellow villagers. The couple has one daughter.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tin Moe Tun does not have any educational background in human rights, but says he grew up with an instinctive sense of social justice. He understood that the women in his village had fewer job opportunities and were affected by violence. In 2013 the Legal Clinic Myanmar visited Tin Moe Tun’s village to run a training on anti-violence in collaboration with ActionAid Myanmar. Tin Moe Tun joined, and after attending several training sessions, began serving as a male role model. In February 2015, the village’s Anti-violence against Women Committee, led by Tin Moe Tun and Ma Win Win Naing, got the township administrators to ban all alcohol sales except with the consent of the villagers. This meant that the nearest alcohol available for purchase was 2-3 hours away, cases of domestic violence have decreased since, and are expected to keep decreasing with the sustained system of education which Tin Moe Tun is implementing. While alcohol consumption is a known risk-factor related to violence, there is more that needs to be done in the community to affect sustainable change.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tin Moe Tun leads monthly community meetings on good governance and people’s rights. To make the sessions fun and participatory, he uses ActionAid toolkits with games that teach topics including gender equality, different forms of violence and their impacts on people of different backgrounds. Tin Moe Tun says that while most of the villagers agree with him, men aged 20-30 are the least receptive group.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Many of the men objected to outside humanitarian groups interfering in community life. Realizing that to effect real change and realize a major shift in the attitudes of the male population, Tin Moe Tun decided to sit with the men as one of their group, at tea shops or in their homes in the evening. He presents anecdotal problems as talking points: How do you build an elevator in the cheapest way and without taking too much space? How do you get a car through a tunnel that is lower than the height of the car? These benign questions lead to discussions on the development of the village, the political and ethnic conflict in Rakhine state and women’s rights. These discussion points create a comfortable and non-confrontational environment which enables sensitive topics to be introduced.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tin Moe Tun says that when he brings up the problem of excessive drinking, some of the men reply that they know that they shouldn’t as it affects their ability to make rational decisions. When they discuss sexist cultural norms, some reply that they feel that women actually have more rights than them in the village. They said they have to follow the rules set by their wives, give them all their income, and live in fear of them.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tin Moe Tun has seen violence in the village decrease in the past three years and credits this to education. He says that he has managed to get four men to stop beating their wives. They are two farmers, 40 and 48; a mason, 30; and a fishing net maker, 39.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>The male role model approach is part of ActionAid Myanmar’s project on “Promoting Access to Justice: Towards a Violence-free Environment for Women and Girls.” supported by the <a href="http://untf.unwomen.org/en">UN Trust Fund</a>. The project also works with women and girls in 40 communities in Myanmar to lessen attacks and promote women’s access to justice.</span></p> </div> http://www.actionaid.org/2017/01/community-myanmar-role-model-changes-attitudes-and-actions#comments News Myanmar Asia Womens Rights International Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:13:05 +0000 Hsumon.Aung 690198 at http://www.actionaid.org Safe Cities Campaign launch attended by Yangon Region Chief Minister http://www.actionaid.org/2016/12/safe-cities-campaign-launch-attended-yangon-region-chief-minister <div class="field field-image-nid"> <div class="buildmode-embedded_image"> <div class="node node-type-image clear-block"> <div class="nd-region-middle-wrapper nd-no-sidebars" ><div class="nd-region-middle"><div class="field field-image-file"> <a href="/2016/12/safe-cities-campaign-launch-attended-yangon-region-chief-minister" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large imagecache-linked imagecache-thumb_large_linked"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/thumb_large/image/safe_cities_2.jpg" alt="Launch, Safe Cities Campaign, Myanmar, ActionAid" title="Launching Safe Cities Campaign in Myanmar. (Photo - ActionAid Myanmar)" width="140" height="140" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large"/></a> </div> </div></div> </div> <!-- /node --> </div> <!-- /buildmode --> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <p>&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>With support from the Embassy of Sweden and UK Aid, our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SafeCitiesMyanmar/?fref=ts">Safe Cities Campaign</a> was launched on 11 October in Yangon. Our partners in the campaign counts Equality Myanmar, Gender Equality Network, Colour Rainbow, Colourful Girls, Women League of Burma, Myanmar Women Self Defence Centre, Legal Clinic Myanmar, Labour Rights Defenders and Promoters, Kings and Queens, Integrated Community Development Foundation, Myanmar Independence Living Initiative, and Mizzima. The campaign launch was attended by Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, government officials, CEO of ActionAid International Mr. Adriano Campolina, British Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Andrew Patrick, Head of Embassy of Sweden section office Mr. Johan Hallenborg, representatives from CSOs, paralegals from seven townships of Yangon, human rights activists and media representatives.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>During the opening speech, the Yangon Region Chief Minister expressed his commitment to a safer city for women through budget allocation, systematic management of transportation and housing, creating job opportunities for women, and most importantly, by investing in education and human capital.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>ActionAid International’s CEO said that: “Change of policy, culture, and most importantly, ourselves, is crucial and this campaign is an important opportunity to communicate with the public and convey our message to make change happen”.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>A panel discussion on women's safety issues among U Aung Myo Min (Executive Director of Equality Myanmar), Daw Khin Ma Ma Myo (Executive Director of Myanmar Institute of Peace and Security Studies), Daw Hla Hla Yee (Director of Legal Clinic Myanmar), Daw Nant Thazin Min (Director of Colourful Girls), U Thein Han Thu (Joint General Secretary of Association of Myanmar Disable Women Affairs) and U Myo Aung Htay (General Secretary of General Administration Department) took place during the afternoon session. They addressed the nuances of different gender identities and the problems they faced, such as sexual harassment, stigma, discrimination due to social and cultural norms, and insufficient legal support mechanisms.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Furthermore, Daw Lwin Lwin Hlaing from ActionAid presented about the mapping of women’s safety in Yangon, and Myanmar Women Self-Defence Group organised a flash mob as part of the event.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>The launch ceremony was closed by paralegal Daw Ohmar Myint, followed by the performance of Kings N Queens Dance Group and music composed by artist Saw Phoe Khwar.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Written by Hsu Mon Aung, Communications Officer - ActionAid Myanmar.</span></p> </div> http://www.actionaid.org/2016/12/safe-cities-campaign-launch-attended-yangon-region-chief-minister#comments News Myanmar Asia Womens Rights International Thu, 29 Dec 2016 04:29:06 +0000 Hsumon.Aung 689408 at http://www.actionaid.org Celebrating 10 years in Myanmar http://www.actionaid.org/2016/12/celebrating-10-years-myanmar <div class="field field-image-nid"> <div class="buildmode-embedded_image"> <div class="node node-type-image clear-block"> <div class="nd-region-middle-wrapper nd-no-sidebars" ><div class="nd-region-middle"><div class="field field-image-file"> <a href="/2016/12/celebrating-10-years-myanmar" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large imagecache-linked imagecache-thumb_large_linked"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/thumb_large/image/10_anni_photo.jpg" alt="ActionAid Myanmar, 1oth anniversary, reunion, dinner" title="ActionAid Myanmar celebrating reunion dinner night for 10-year anniversary. (Photo - ActionAid Myanmar)" width="140" height="140" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large"/></a> </div> </div></div> </div> <!-- /node --> </div> <!-- /buildmode --> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <p>&nbsp;</p><p>October 2016 was a month filled with excitement for ActionAid since we celebrated our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/570591249620398/photos/?tab=album&amp;album_id=1282652008414315">10-year anniversary</a> in Myanmar. We initiated our programme in 2006 with only one full-time employee, some strong partner organisations, and a few interns. In 2016 the number of employees was close to 200, and our partner organisations has also multiplied.</p><p> The anniversary celebrations started on 10 October with a women’s forum in the morning followed by a reunion diner joined by our international CEO, Mr. Adriano Campolina. The launch of our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SafeCitiesMyanmar/?fref=ts">Safe Cities Campaign</a> on 11 October was also a significant part of the anniversary celebrations, followed by International Day for Disaster Reduction in Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and all our working areas, a special collection of child messages and a range of awareness raising activities on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a National Women Farmers’ Meeting in Myaing, and an Adolescents Refresher Training in Myitkyina. The two weeks of celebrations ended with the <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/2016/12/6th-national-fellows-conference-true-leaders-serve-nation">sixth National Fellows’ Conference</a> and the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ActionAidMyanmar/photos/?tab=album&amp;album_id=1291066640906185">CSOs Forum</a> in Nay Pyi Taw from 18 to 20 of October.</p><p> During the past ten years, ActionAid has devoted much effort to establish and grow a country programme in Myanmar through engaging with grassroots communities as well as duty bearers. The first <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldPoFSQcPLQ&amp;list=PLH57kzlL-6LGy4ecBtA-CFAm8ceuRIpmI&amp;index=9">Fellowship programme</a> was initiated in Kachin State with 30 Fellows - now more than 800 fellows across the country have received training,&nbsp; and we are collaborating with dozens of partner organisations and relevant government officials.</p><p> Built on our experience and learning from working with communities, we also <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXUOx0vSTO0">built stronger relationships with the government and other stakeholders</a>.</p><p> During our 10-year journey in Myanmar, we have conducted momentous events and enabled changes in local communities and the country. ActionAid Myanmar was congratulated by ActionAid International’s CEO on the event, with the remark, “ActionAid's rootedness, integrating struggle with movement and its civic engagement is demonstrated through ActionAid Myanmar”. We are grateful to have received so many congratulations from friends around the world and would like to share our joy and achievement with everyone.</p><p>Written by Hsu Mon Aung, Communications Officer - ActionAid Myanmar.</p> </div> http://www.actionaid.org/2016/12/celebrating-10-years-myanmar#comments News Myanmar Asia International Thu, 29 Dec 2016 04:08:43 +0000 Hsumon.Aung 689355 at http://www.actionaid.org 6th National Fellows Conference- True Leaders Serve the Nation http://www.actionaid.org/2016/12/6th-national-fellows-conference-true-leaders-serve-nation <div class="field field-image-nid"> <div class="buildmode-embedded_image"> <div class="node node-type-image clear-block"> <div class="nd-region-middle-wrapper nd-no-sidebars" ><div class="nd-region-middle"><div class="field field-image-file"> <a href="/2016/12/6th-national-fellows-conference-true-leaders-serve-nation" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large imagecache-linked imagecache-thumb_large_linked"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/thumb_large/image/dsc08575_2.jpg" alt="" title="6th National Fellows Conference-Myanmar" width="140" height="140" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large"/></a> </div> </div></div> </div> <!-- /node --> </div> <!-- /buildmode --> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The journey of </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldPoFSQcPLQ&amp;t=1s"><span>Fellows</span></a><span> in Myanmar started from 2006 by ActionAid to harness the potential of youth to become change maker and future leaders, and we are very proud to see that the initiative has now led to a National Fellows Network that is managed by and for Fellows who are taking the lead to facilitate the annual Fellows Conference.</span><span> </span><span>After a long wait, the </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/ActionAidMyanmar/photos/?tab=album&amp;album_id=1290020407677475"><span>6th National Fellows Conference</span></a><span> took place in Nay Pyi Taw on 18-20 October 2016 with the theme "True Leaders Serve the Nation", which resonates the spirit to bring youth together and work towards a more peaceful and united Myanmar. 500 Fellows youth leaders gather during those days to discuss and share their experiences working with the communities in different states and regions</span><span>, and this time the youth got the opportunities to interact with 80 civil society organisations (CSO) and 10 networks as a parallel </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/570591249620398/photos/?tab=album&amp;album_id=1291066640906185"><span>CSO forum</span></a><span> was held at the same venue.</span></p><p><span>The 3-day event started with the opening remarks from </span><span>Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, who recognised the role of youth as future leaders and the need for government to invest on youth in collaboration with all stakeholders, he also shared about the progress of youth policy which is now in the drafting process led by the Ministry. Mr. Gavin McGillivray, Head of DFID, also congratulated the Fellows who are now leaders in their native town and will be future leaders of the country. On behalf of ActionAid Myanmar, Mr. Tauhid, the Head of Programme, Policy and Campaign emphasised the significance of holding the conference in the capital city, and expressed appreciation to the government who support the communities and link with service provision to achieve the development goals of the people in need.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span><div class="ibimage-with-caption ibimage_left" style="width:555px;"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_content_fullwidth/image/fellows_conference-kachin_representative.jpg" alt="File 36361" title="" width="555" height="370" class="ibimage"/><span class="ibimage-caption">Rozar Sein Nu, Fellow representative from Kachin.</span></div></span></p><blockquote><p>Rozar Sein Nu, the Fellow representative from Kachin State reflected the way how she learned about the value of people, the development concept and democracy, saying “In order to develop the country, we need to collaborate with all, including the government, civil society, the youth..etc, and government needs to welcome the people.”</p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Given the diversity of ethnicities and religions in Myanmar and its geographical landscape, youth faced different issues depending on the location they are, and most of the time youth living in remote area are not able to participate the youth forum or consultation that will impact their lives, therefore their voices are not reflected at the decision making process at the national level. Panel discussion on peace process and national youth policy drew the most attention from the participants as they were really concerned about the level of inclusiveness regarding to the above issues.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span><div class="ibimage-with-caption ibimage_left" style="width:555px;"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_content_fullwidth/image/img_0059_1.jpg" alt="File 36362" title="" width="555" height="416" class="ibimage"/><span class="ibimage-caption">Fellow shared about their progress and vision</span></div></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>This conference is also a precious occasion for Fellows from all regions and states to meet each other and learn from different experiences. On the last day Fellows were sharing about their progress, challenges and future plans about working with communities, government and other CSOs.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span>As part of the conference, several market places were set up to promote the local products such as coffee, tea, fabrics and rattan. Furthermore, cultural night and sports competition were held to add vibe to the friendship between those youth from across the country.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span><div class="ibimage-with-caption ibimage_left" style="width:555px;"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_content_fullwidth/image/fellows_conference-cultural_night.jpg" alt="File 36363" title="" width="555" height="370" class="ibimage"/><span class="ibimage-caption">cultural night</span></div><div class="ibimage-with-caption ibimage_left" style="width:555px;"><img src="http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_content_fullwidth/image/market_place-kayin.jpg" alt="File 36364" title="" width="555" height="370" class="ibimage"/><span class="ibimage-caption">market place</span></div></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p> </div> http://www.actionaid.org/2016/12/6th-national-fellows-conference-true-leaders-serve-nation#comments News Myanmar Youth Youth International Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:31:19 +0000 Yilan 688344 at http://www.actionaid.org Climate change will cause migration in South Asia to escalate uncontrollably in coming years, warn three major international organisations http://www.actionaid.org/news/climate-change-will-cause-migration-south-asia-escalate-uncontrollably-coming-years-warn-three- <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-content"><div class="field field-date-display"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2016-12-08T00:00:00+00:00">Thursday, December 8, 2016</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-intro"> <p>Three major international organisations warn of the devastating and increasing impact of climate change on migration as policy makers converge on Bangladesh for the Global Forum on Migration and Development on Saturday 9 December.&nbsp; In the <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/publications/climate-change-knows-no-borders">in-depth study</a> ActionAid, Climate Action Network South Asia and Bread for the World (Brot Fuer Die Welt) paint a picture of the escalating strain affecting the region and warn of the need for international government action.</p> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <p>In 2016 people in South Asia are suffering devastation due to extreme weather and people are on the move like never before.&nbsp; In May 2016, Cyclone Roanu ripped through Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh causing widespread damage and leaving in its wake reconstruction costs estimated at $1.7 billion.&nbsp; In April 2016 temperatures reached a record-breaking 51 degrees in Rajasthan, India.&nbsp; And across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, 2015-16 brought with it extended drought and crop failure, affecting 330 million people in India alone and many more across the region.</p><p>While the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) anticipates climate change impacts will be felt even more severely in future years, political disputes and cross-border fighting often characterise the reaction to migration across the region more than active solutions and problem-solving. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Sanjay Vashist, Climate Action Network South Asia’s Director, said:</strong></p><p><em>“The governments of South Asia must recognise that climate change knows no borders. Governments have a responsibility to use our shared mountains, rivers, history and cultures to seek common solutions to the droughts, sea-level rise and water shortages that the region is increasingly experiencing.&nbsp; We urgently need more cross-border efforts to help people cope with the new normal of climate disasters and protect people who are forced to migrate.”</em></p><p>The need for South Asian governments to monitor the specific impact of climate migration on women and girls is highlighted as a key concern for the region to address. <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/publications/climate-change-knows-no-borders">The report</a> outlines the growing and alarming trend of women and girls trafficked into sexual exploitation as a result of migration, as well as the burden placed upon women at home whose husbands are forced to migrate.</p><p>The Warsaw International Mechanism, established in 2013 at the UN and affirmed by the last round of climate talks at Paris last year, does seek to address climate-induced displacement and migration. However, little has yet been secured to protect the rights of people displaced by climate change, leaving their international legal status uncertain and not akin to the rights of people fleeing conflict who have in some cases similarly lost their homes, families and jobs.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Harjeet Singh, ActionAid’s Global Lead on Climate Change, said:</strong></p><p><em>"The UN's Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage must work to ensure legal protection for people who are forced to migrate or are displaced by climate change. South Asian countries need support so that climate change doesn't inevitably translate into alarming levels of unsafe migration and conflict over resources.&nbsp; Rich nations must also not fail to recognise their role in causing the climate crisis. They must help fight the flames in South Asia and elsewhere that they themselves kindled through carbon emissions in the first place."</em></p><p><strong>Sophia Wirsching, Bread for the World’s Policy Advisor on Migration and Development, said:</strong></p><p><em>“The world faces an unprecedented environmental crisis. The study raises an alarm on the reality of climate change-induced migration in South Asia and stresses the need to protect the human rights of people who are forced to migrate.”</em></p><p>The Global Forum on Migration and Development runs from 10 to 12 December in Dhaka, Bangladesh where meetings around the theme of a “transformative migration agenda” will be held.&nbsp; The meetings will bring together government policy makers, civil society and development representatives, UN bodies and migration experts from around the world to agree upon solutions to migration issues.</p><p><strong>ENDS</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field-editors-notes"> <p>The report “Climate Changes Knows No Borders” is available here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.actionaid.org/publications/climate-change-knows-no-borders">http://www.actionaid.org/publications/climate-change-knows-no-borders</a></p><p>For more information, briefings and interviews, please contact ActionAid’s Climate Change Lead, Harjeet Singh, currently in Dhaka on: +91 98 10 036 864 or&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Harjeet.singh@actionaid.org">Harjeet.singh@actionaid.org</a>&nbsp;or Sanjay Vashist, Director, Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) also in Dhaka on +91 99100 96125 or&nbsp;<a href="mailto:sanjay@cansouthasia.net">sanjay@cansouthasia.net</a></p><p>The Global Forum on Migration and Development is being held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 10 to 12 December 2016:&nbsp;<a href="http://gfmd.org/">http://gfmd.org/</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </fieldset> News bangladesh Climate Change displacement migration Nepal South Asia Sri Lanka india Climate Change International Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:44:27 +0000 grace.cahill 686992 at http://www.actionaid.org ActionAid statement on major fire in Moria refugee camp http://www.actionaid.org/news/actionaid-statement-major-fire-moria-refugee-camp <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-content"><div class="field field-date-display"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2016-09-20T00:00:00+01:00">Tuesday, September 20, 2016</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-intro"> <p><strong><span>Responding to reports of a major fire in Moria camp, Lesvos last night, ActionAid UK’s Head of Humanitarian Response, Mike Noyes said:</span></strong></p> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <p>“The fire last night in Moria camp on Lesvos is the devastating culmination of months of progressive overcrowding, along with a lack of dignity, justice and hope for the thousands of refugees that have been trapped inside the wire fences of the detention camp.</p><p>“In the aftermath ActionAid’s team in Greece is providing emergency psychosocial support to displaced families and vulnerable women, assisting refugees who have lost their documents in the fire, providing information and interpretation, and assisting with erecting temporary shelters for those affected.</p><p>“This disaster is the result of the unjust EU-Turkey deal, in which the human rights of people fleeing war and persecution have been traded away at the political negotiating table. People have been abandoned with no hope for the future, and fear being pushed back to the horrors from which they have fled.</p><p>“Today, a leaders’ summit on refugees will take place at the United Nations in New York. Yesterday the UK Prime Minster acknowledged that things must change, but offered walls and barbed wire instead of safety and protection to those forced to flee their homes. The UK has been one of the leading donors in the Syrian humanitarian response; but we must do more than pay Syria’s neighbours to deal with the problem on our doorstep. The UK should recognise the reality that the scale of need exceeds the ability of neighbouring countries to cope, and take a leading role in developing a humane, coordinated and fair responsibility-sharing mechanism for refugees.”</p><p><strong>Ends</strong></p><div><strong></strong></div> </div> </fieldset> News refugees. greece Uk UNGA Emergencies & Conflict International Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:04:13 +0000 grace.cahill 677978 at http://www.actionaid.org Haile Gebrselassie makes appeal for El Niño Hunger Crisis http://www.actionaid.org/news/haile-gebrselassie-makes-appeal-el-nino-hunger-crisis <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-content"><div class="field field-date-display"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2016-07-18T00:00:00+01:00">Monday, July 18, 2016</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-intro"> <p><strong>Greatest distance runner in history Haile Gebrselassie makes appeal for the world to act now against disastrous hunger crisis caused by El Niño</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <p><strong>Tuesday 19 July 2016 (Addis Ababa)</strong> The 27 time world record holder and two time Olympic gold medallist – Haile Gebrselassie – has today made a call for international assistance to tackle the disastrous hunger crisis caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon. &nbsp;Extreme weather has caused the worst drought for 50 years in Gebrselassie’s home country of Ethiopia alone, with many other parts of the globe also affected.</p><p>Gebrselassie makes the appeal with the charity ActionAid as international governments meet at the United Nations in New York today to discuss funding an international response to the crisis. &nbsp;60 million people’s food security and livelihoods are thought to have been destroyed by the extreme weather across East and Southern Africa, Central America and Asia. &nbsp;Funding for the crisis currently only stands at one third of the levels required, according to the UN.</p><p>In Ethiopia in particular, there are currently more than at ten million people in need of food aid – more than the population of London.</p><p><strong>Gebrselassie said: </strong>“There’s a huge emergency here in Ethiopia and the world is at risk of forgetting what’s happening. &nbsp;Millions of people are hungry following the country’s worst drought for 50 years. &nbsp;Families are in desperate need of food as crops have been destroyed, livestock has been killed and people’s way of life has been dramatically altered.”</p><p>In Ethiopia the government is providing aid to several million but the scale of the drought has outstripped available resources. An estimated 435,000 children need treatment for severe acute malnutrition and more than 1.7 million children, pregnant women and breast-feeding women need additional food aid. Without immediate assistance more people could slip into hunger. &nbsp;The situation is similar in other countries affected by the extreme weather caused by El Niño.</p><p><strong>Gebrselassie continued: </strong>“If we work together, we will be able to stop the worst from happening. The world needs to take action now and provide funds to avert widespread suffering, death and disease.</p><p>“My home country has taken enormous steps forward in recent years, not least in providing healthcare in rural communities. &nbsp;But people here have been suffering for several months now, particularly young children and pregnant mothers. &nbsp;If we’re not able to get more help to people soon the suffering of people will be much more severe.”</p><p>Although the El Niño phenomenon itself is subsiding, its devastating human impact will increase in the coming weeks and months with El Niño-related food insecurity projected to exist into 2017. &nbsp;It will take many months of support for people in Ethiopia, and elsewhere, to restore crops, livestock and food supplies.</p><p><strong>Gebrselassie concluded:</strong> “The world’s ability to save lives now is a test of how we will cope in the future as climate change causes more erratic weather across the globe.”</p><p>Haile Gebrselassie is a retired distance runner who broke 61 Ethiopian national records, 27 world records, won two Olympic gold medals and won the Berlin Marathon four times in a row. He has supported ActionAid over a number of years. &nbsp;</p><p>ActionAid is helping communities affected by the extreme weather across Ethiopia by providing supplementary food, seeds for planting crops and clean drinking water. It is also responding to the hunger caused by El Niño in Somaliland, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Vietnam.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field-editors-notes"> <div>Notes to editors:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For further information and interviews please contact: Grace Cahill on +447734 131 626 or at <a href="mailto:grace.cahill@actionaid.org">grace.cahill@actionaid.org</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Video footage and photographs of Gebrselassie’s fundraising appeal: <a href="//stories.actionaid.org/?c=43756&amp;k=1984ef4c9f">&nbsp;http://stories.actionaid.org/?c=43756&amp;k=1984ef4c9f</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Read ActionAid’s new briefing note “El Nino: The silent emergency - Trusting women’s leadership in responding to the crisis”: <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/publications/el-nino-silent-emergency">http://www.actionaid.org/publications/el-nino-silent-emergency</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>You can donate to ActionAid UK’s global Hunger Hurts emergency appeal here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.actionaid.org/el-nino">http://www.actionaid.org/el-nino</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to UNOCHA, the current funding gap in this crisis is $2.5 billion for a total budget of almost $3.9 billion. Further cited figures for numbers of people affected are from UN sources and can be found here.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ActionAid has been working in Ethiopia on emergency and long-term development programmes for 26 years. &nbsp;ActionAid is currently responding to droughts in several other parts of the world including Somaliland, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Lesotho in Africa and India and Vietnam in Asia.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> </div> </fieldset> News Celebrity/Celebrities Climate Change El Nino Ethiopia Emergencies & Conflict International Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:00:00 +0000 grace.cahill 671458 at http://www.actionaid.org