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World Humanitarian Summit Wraps Up as Heat, Drought and State Fragility Plague South Asia

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Hottest daytime high temperature May 24-30, 2015. NOAA map by Fiona Martin, based data provided by the India Meterological Department.

By Neil Bhatiya, Climate and Diplomacy Fellow

For the past two days, United Nations member-states have been meeting in Turkey at the inaugural World Humanitarian Summit. As the pre-Summit communiqué makes clear, participants will face a daunting challenge: tens of million people forcibly displaced due to conflict or natural disasters, a situation which has Europe (as well as host country Turkey) facing a refugee crisis. Even larger numbers are in need of international financial assistance, a fact which has taxed the global relief community (according to the UN, the annual funding shortfall for humanitarian relief is $15 billion). (more…)

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