Thousands of refugees continued to drown in the Mediterranean in 2017, prompting the UNHCR to call for safe pathways. The refugee agency has also urgently asked for donations to help refugees families survive the winter.
The aid organisation Sea Watch with 40 other organisations has demanded the closure of the refugee camps on Lesbos before winter sets in. Otherwise more people will die, for which the EU should be held accountable.
The Mbagathi Rudolf Steiner School faces a serious shortfall in funding this year due to falling sponsorship. It is appealing for support to cover the cost of daily meals for pupils from the poorest backgrounds.
Kings Langley Rudolf Steiner School in England is fighting closure by the authorities following serious failings in school practice and governance. A new leadership has set the school on a process of radical reform.
The SEKEM initiative in Egypt has posted continued economic growth in its 2016 sustainability report. Work is ongoing on social and environmental issues. Separately, it mourned the death of founder Ibrahim Abouleish in June.
A successful apiculture project on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands keeps bees in a manner that accords with their innate behaviour. This brings great benefits both for the bees and for people.
The Swiss globalisation critic Jean Ziegler has criticised the way the G20 summit operates and has called for problems to be solved in a UN context. But he praised the refugee policy of German chancellor Angela Merkel.