In Q1-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell a further 13 percent year-on-year. It is now 5 percent lower than in Q4-2014.
Real prices of wheat have fallen by 10 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 20 percent lower than in Q1-2014 and at their lowest levels since mid-2010, thanks to large supplies, favourable production forecasts and strong export competition.
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani condemns the "elections" to be held in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 3 May 2015. He states that these elections are illegal and in contravention of the resolutions of the UN Security Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Similarly, the OIC Secretary General calls on the international community to condemn this process and deem it illegitimate.
Burj Hammoud, Lebanon | AFP | Tuesday 4/21/2015 - 03:18 GMT
by Sara Hussein
For thousands of Syrian Armenian refugees in Lebanon, the slaughter and expulsion of their ancestors a century ago is less a historical event than an ongoing trauma.
Though their community is just one of many caught up in Syria's brutal conflict, Syrian Armenians say their fate has been particularly painful because it echoes the tragedy often termed the Armenian genocide.
Outbreak of conflict in the east of Ukraine leads to civilian deaths and displacements
Close to 15,000 Syrian Armenians have come to Armenia since the start of the war in Syria
UN concerned about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and the rights of the displaced living in Azerbaijan.
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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan are to help developing countries in Asia and the Pacific tap the latest technologies, including satellite maps, to help them prepare and respond more effectively and quickly to natural disasters.
The program Psycho-Social support to children and lonely refugee elderly restarted in February. The program aims at social integration and improvement of the living conditions of the lonely refugee elderly and children.
There are 80 children (aged 7-14), 120 lonely elderly people and 34 volunteers involved in the program. The program includes three dormitories (4/10, 10/1 Artsakh str., 2a/7 Shirak str., 29/1 Moldovakan str., Yerevan city and 1 Hatis str., Abovyan city).
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Wheat production in 2015 expected to increase over last year’s high level
Cereal imports forecast to increase in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)
Prices of wheat flour and potatoes decreased in February
By RFE/RL's Armenian Service
March 19, 2015
Officials in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh accuse Azerbaijan of attacks that have left three ethnic Armenian soldiers dead.
The Nagorno-Karabakh de-facto Defense Ministry said Azerbaijani commandos attacked its soldiers' position on March 19, killing three soldiers and wounding four.
Meanwhile, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry accused separatists of triggering the confrontation and said 20 Armenian soldiers had been killed or wounded.
UNDP recognizes governance as a key unresolved issue in both the configuration and the reduction of disaster risk. With the aim of protecting development investments and ultimately building people’s resilience, UNDP has made strengthening disaster risk governance a cornerstone of its efforts to understand, reduce and manage risk.
Armenian Red Cross Society, in cooperation with the Danish Red Cross, implements “Syrian Armenian Children Resilience program in Armenia” project starting from August, 2014. The project was designed based on the method developed jointly by RC/RC Federation (IFRC) of National Societies and Save the Children Fund.The project aims to support the integration and resilience of Syrian-Armenian children. After extensive organizational works, starting from November, 2014 in 13 schools of Yerevan interactive trainings have been organized with the participation of Syrian-Armenian and local children.
Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather, affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA)1. In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Protracted conflict and limited governmental disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.
Yerevan, Armenia | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 17:54 GMT | 216 words
Azerbaijani forces on Saturday killed two ethnic-Armenian servicemen of the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh army, the separatist defence ministry said, in the latest clash along the rebel region's volatile frontline.
"On February 28, Azerbaijani army units attempted a reconnaissance incursion at the north-eastern sector of the frontline and were repelled by the Karabakh armed forces," the ministry said in a statement.
"Two Karabakh army servicemen... were killed in action."
By Sara Rajabova
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs have completed another visit to South Caucasus region with an aim to reduce the recent aggravated tensions on the contact line of Armenian-Azerbaijani troops.
“The main purpose of the co-chairs’ visit was to appeal to the sides to strictly adhere to the ceasefire after a dangerous rise in violence in January,” the Minsk Group co-chairs said in a statement issued on February 20.
YEREVAN, 20 February 2015 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France) traveled to the region on February 16-19. They were joined by the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk.
The MISP Readiness assessment tool was developed by the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health (RH) in Crises for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2013 to help country teams assess their readiness to provide the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in case of a humanitarian crisis.
By Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu
BISHKEK, 10 February 2015 – Ministers from Central Asia and the South Caucasus have called for a stronger regional approach to disaster resilience, as they step up effort to tackle the increasingly ‘trans-boundary’ nature of disaster risk.
With only 40 days to go before the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the officials said such inclusive partnership was crucial to future efforts to strengthen disaster resilience in an increasingly complex and interlinked world.