Culture and Disaster Action Network.


When it comes to disaster-recovery efforts, the pillar of culture is often missing from aid planning. Investing in what the community wants and empowering local involvement could make aid more efficient and effective.

The world is drowning in disasters. Today, the dual threats of climate change and human migration mean we are experiencing an increase in the intensity and frequency of natural disasters — a trend that is expected to continue.

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Presidential candidates Matti Vanhanen (Centre Party) and Pekka Haavisto (Green League) were not joined by President Sauli Niinistö at the Finland Arena event in Pori on Friday, July 14, 2017.


Pori, a rather quiet and unassuming city in western Finland, comes to life once a year in the summer when two main events are held there simultaneously: Pori Jazz Festival and the more recently established Finland Arena.

Finland Arena is a loosely structured assembly of talks, panel discussions and gatherings based around different topics, especially politics and society.

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Aila Paloniemi, Member of Parliament for the Centre Party.


MP Talk gives members of parliament the opportunity to share their views on Finnish society with an international audience. The opinions expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Helsinki Times.

Fundamental principles of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), as well as individual freedoms and rights, have been brutally violated – both in areas of conflict and individual participating states.

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Written by Jonas Eder-Hanson, Chief Content Officer at the Global Fashion Agenda.


The global apparel industry needs to unite around an agenda for change in how its practices impact the environment and society.

What do you know about the fashion industry and should you even care? Probably more than you think.

The fashion industry reaches billions of consumers with its powerful and convincing communication channels and, whether we like it or not, almost dictates what many of us decide to wear today and tomorrow.

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Abdullah Gül, José Manuel Barroso, Bill Richardson and Gilead Sher respond to comments and questions from the audience at the end of their discussion at the 15th Eurasian Media Forum in Astana, Kazakhstan.


Salim Hudaifah, Political Representative of the so-called Free Syrian Army, repositions himself in his seat and pulls his head towards the microphone. He seems strangely uncomfortable in the soft white armchair. "That's not true!” he shouts. “Most of them were civilians!”

He is reacting to Syrian journalist Alaa Ebrahim’s comment about more than 300 wounded Free Syrian Army fighters being treated at Israeli hospitals before being sent back to continue fighting against the Syrian government.

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Ingrid Jegou, Director for Climate, Energy and Natural Resources at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.


Even if the U.S. is not on board for climate change, G20 leaders can still make important headway by taking decisive action on clean energy initiatives and reducing emissions from fuel combustion.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised to put free and open trade high on the agenda when leaders of the G20 economies gather in Hamburg for their annual summit on July 7.

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Ellen van Bueren, Chair of Urban Development Management at the Delft University of Technology.


Around the world, urban renewal is being approached as a grand experiment for addressing community concerns and enlisting citizens for their input. But do the results always best serve citizen interests?

Living labs, test beds, proving grounds, hatcheries: they have become an important development in modern cities around the world. For the past decade or so, the city has become a site for experimentation.

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Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


As vast as cyberspace is, so too are the threats, exploits and damages that seem to multiply by the day through this network of computer interconnections around the globe – elements that are shaping a new normal which is not yet fully understood.

One of the most important legacies of the 20th century is the construction of the Internet and the creation of cyberspace. As a network of millions of computers and their interconnections, the Internet already penetrates most, if not all, parts of the world.

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Thomas Kvan, Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Melbourne.


Urban sustainability is about more than consuming fewer resources. Today, resilience is borne of cultural vibrancy and development

When I arrive in a new city, I go out for a walk, both to see the city and combat jet lag. In some places I walk through a calm and ordered neighbourhood, speculating on the lives lived behind the opaque walls. In other places, I see a throbbing community full of activity.

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Ruth Greenspan Bell, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and D. James Baker, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.


Efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions may have been dashed by the Trump administration’s reversing course on the Paris accord. Nevertheless, across America the fight goes on at regional and corporate levels.

These are worrisome times as we contemplate the disconnect between the urgency of dealing with climate change and the Trump administration’s attempts to roll back Obama-era efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Marja Elsinga, Professor of Housing Institutions and Governance at Delft University of Technology.

Why governments ought to accommodate community-driven solutions to affordable housing.

Societies are urbanizing, cities are growing and land and house prices keep soaring.

These rising prices are an important source of income for owners of residential real estate, tax revenue for local governments and an engine of economic growth for cities. Yet, these inflated prices have also become a brake for the economic and sustainable growth of many cities around the world.

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