Have the first “climate refugees” just landed?

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:17 -- admin

By Joe Lowry

I live with someone whose country no longer exists. My wife was born in the Soviet Union, in what is now the Republic of Belarus. The culture she was brought up in as a child, the festivals, the education, the products, like the USSR itself, exist only in books, films and memories. But the land, the land is still there. The people still tell their stories, sing their songs, grow their crops, raise their families.

Migration Should be at the Epicentre of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:50 -- admin

By Richard Ots

With the fall of the curtain on the current United Nations Millenium Development Goals imminent and looming large on the horizon, the international community will be engaging in robust and intense conversations to determine the content, size and direction of the post-2015 Development  Agenda.

Bringing the Thunder

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:54 -- admin

By Rosebell Kagumire

We are using the Thunderclap platform to amplify our message for World Humanitarian Day by tapping into the power of social media. It’s a powerful tool which many organizations have used, including the Obama White House and UNOCHA.  On the third anniversary of Syria’s pitiless conflict, UNRWA used it to demand humanitarian access for civilians, including countless children.

Government recognizes IOM’s work in Viet Nam

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:02 -- admin

Today, Florian Forster, outgoing Chief of Mission of IOM in Viet Nam, was awarded the “Medal of Contribution to the Cause of Labour – Invalids and Socials Affairs”,  the highest merit medal of the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) in recognition of his achievements in Viet Nam over the last years. Forster leaves Hanoi after five years of service to take up a new position at IOM Headquarters in Geneva.

IOM takes strides on gender

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:01 -- admin


By Angela Carreño

In 1963, Merry Lepper was the first woman who set a world record in the marathon with a time of 3:37:07, the same year Leonard Graves Edelen set a world record of 2:14:28. The difference of speed between the fastest man and women was 1 hour and 23 minutes. Today, the current world record difference is 12 minutes.  The question we have to ask is, what happened in the last 50 years that reduced this gap?

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