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CARE International UK's CEO Laurie Lee and Senior Policy Advisor Howard Mollett outline recommendations from CARE towards the Global Summits on Refugees launched on World Refugee Day.

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Hanaa, from Lebanon Hanaa, from Lebanon CARE

CARE staff in the UK and across the world are devastated at the news of the murder of Jo Cox (formerly Jo Leadbeater).

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According to a policy proposal released by the European Commission and European External Action Service on 7 June, the mind-blowing answer to that question is: yes. Stop migration to Europe with all possible means. Whether it is EU development cooperation or trade with third countries, or cooperation on climate change, education, energy, agriculture, you name it. All of these policies are to serve the purpose of migration control... IF member states and the European Parliament agree to this proposal.

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45-year-old Basema, pictured with her son Hussam, lives in Azraq refugee camp in Jordan with two of her sons. Her other two sons and her husband are in Germany and Turkey. 45-year-old Basema, pictured with her son Hussam, lives in Azraq refugee camp in Jordan with two of her sons. Her other two sons and her husband are in Germany and Turkey.

Aid spending by the UK is once again in the news. This time a Mail on Sunday campaign and petition has secured a Westminster Hall debate on 13 June. Up for discussion (but not review) will be the 0.7% target set into law at the end of the last parliament that obliges the UK to spend this percentage of its Gross National Income on overseas development assistance (ODA). But at a time when there are 91 million people in need of emergency assistance across 35 declared crises, the highest in a generation, climate change is daily demonstrating its disruptive and destructive force on the lives of the most vulnerable, and global health crises emerge on an annual basis, surely the only thing outrageous about spending 7p in every £10 on tackling global problems is that it is so little.

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A girl sheltering from monsoon rains in Dhading District, Nepal, in a community where many were still living in temporary shelters after the 2015 earthquakes A girl sheltering from monsoon rains in Dhading District, Nepal, in a community where many were still living in temporary shelters after the 2015 earthquakes

The Mail on Sunday’s recent petition calling on the UK government to renege on its fixed 0.7% foreign aid commitment received a staggering 230,233 signatures. The petition is set to be discussed in a Parliamentary debate on 13 June 2016, which will re-evaluate the newly-passed International Development Bill. According to the Mail on Sunday, the Department for International Development (DFID)’s annual £12 billion aid budget is grossly misspent, “fuels corruption, funds despots and corrodes democracy in developing nations”.

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Martha Nyabar with packets of seeds distributed by CARE in South Sudan Martha Nyabar with packets of seeds distributed by CARE in South Sudan

I am sitting in the closing plenary of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next to women first responders - civil society partners - from Syria, Somalia and Pakistan. It's been two intensive days, at times despairing, at times inspiring, in a sprawling, labyrinthine venue apparently built as a metaphor for the process. We often didn't quite know where we were going on more than one level.

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The high level leaders roundtable on gender The high level leaders roundtable on gender

On Friday 20 May 2016, on the eve of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit, CARE International with the support of Hogan Lovells convened a business/UN/government roundtable to discuss the potential for business to empower women in emergencies. Business has played an active role in the WHS process, and a set of ‘core commitments’ on gender equality in humanitarian action has been tabled for the Summit outcomes. But these two agendas are yet to be linked. The roundtable looked at how this might happen both as part of the WHS process and beyond.

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Zemey Vamaniutra is a member of a farmers' group in Madagascar which teaches farmers modern agricultural techniques to help people survive the effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon Zemey Vamaniutra is a member of a farmers' group in Madagascar which teaches farmers modern agricultural techniques to help people survive the effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon