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The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 24 - July 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 12% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 2% compared to the previous quarter.

• Real prices of maize were relatively stable and only 2% higher than the previous quarter of 2014.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, maize prices are low (-28%).

• Real prices of wheat increased significantly by 9% from Q1 to Q2-2014. More recently, for June, prices are down due to an increase in global supply and production.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary July 18-24, 2014

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Above-average rain during the past 30 days has saturated ground conditions and caused localized flooding in parts of South Sudan and southern Sudan. Above-average rains forecast during the next week are expected to increase the risk of localized flash flooding
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Global Weather Hazards Summary July 11-17, 2014

Flooding possible in Mali, Sudan, and South Sudan; dryness continues in Central America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Heavy and above-average rains since May has oversaturated ground conditions in southern Mali and resulted in rainfall surpluses greater than 200 percent of normal in some locations. With heavy rain forecast for the next week, the risk for new flooding across the region will be increased.

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General Assembly Adopts 24 Resolutions, 2 Decisions as It Takes Action on Reports of Fifth Committee

GA/11528

Sixty-eighth General Assembly
Plenary
99th Meeting (Resumed*) (PM)

Delegates Welcome Key Text Raising
Troop Reimbursement Rates for First Time in Years

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Global Weather Hazards Summary July 4-10, 2014

Heavy rains in West Africa and Guatemala, with dryness in Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua

  1. Heavy and above average rains since the beginning of June have led to oversaturated ground conditions in Sierra Leone, Liberia, southern Guinea, and western Cote D’Ivoire. The heavy downpours forecast during the next week will increase the risk of new flooding across the region.
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Internews Europe: Annual Review 2013

Internews Europe’s global programme team successfully implemented an ambitious portfolio of projects in 2013 to support local media and information systems in some of the most fragile, crisis-hit and poorest countries of the world.

The latest edition of Internews Europe's 2013 Annual Review summarises achievements across a diverse range of projects in more than 30 countries worldwide.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary June 27-July 3, 2014

Dryness may persist in East Africa as seasonal rains end, flooding possible in the Sudans, West Africa, and Guatemala

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poor rainfall distribution during the March-May rainfall season has hurt agricultural and pastoral activities throughout western Kenya, parts of northeastern Uganda, southeastern South Sudan, and northwestern Tanzania. Southern Ethiopia and northwestern Kenya are forecast to receive limited rains during the next week, which could sustain poor agricultural and pastoral conditions.

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Fragile States Index 2014

Report
Fund for Peace

Though South Sudan took first place, it was only the sixth most-worsened country. The most-worsened country for 2014 is Central African Republic, followed closely by Syria and Libya.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary June 20-26, 2014

Dryness continues in East Africa, Honduras and Nicaragua, with flooding possible in West Africa and Guatemala

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poor rainfall distribution during the March-May rainfall season hurt agricultural and pastoral activities throughout western Kenya, parts of northeastern Uganda, southeastern South Sudan, and northwestern Tanzania. Southern Ethiopia and northwestern Kenya are forecast to receive limited rains during the next week, which could sustain poor agricultural and pastoral conditions.

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Global Peace Index 2014

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We are living in the most peaceful century in human history; however the 2014 Global Peace Index shows that the last seven years has shown a notable deterioration in levels of peace.

The Global Peace Index measures peace in 162 countries according to 22 indicators that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence. This is the 8th year the index has been produced.

Highlights

Since 2008, 111 countries have deteriorated in levels of peace, while only 51 have increased.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary June 13-19, 2014

Dryness continues in parts of East Africa, Central America and Haiti; flooding in Guatemala and West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poor rainfall distribution during March-May rainfall season hurt agricultural and pastoral activities throughout western Kenya, parts of northwestern Tanzania. Although some areas could still receive enhanced rains over the next week, the ending rainy season could further worsen ground conditions.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary June 6-12, 2014

Drought in East Africa, heavy rains in West Africa, with wetness and dryness in Latin America and the Caribbean

Africa Weather Hazards

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Global Weather Hazards Summary May 30 - June 5, 2014

Drought and dryness in East Africa, with areas of dryness and potential flooding in Latin America and Caribbean

Africa Weather Hazards

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Global Weather Hazards Summary May 23-29, 2014

Drought conditions likely in parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

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Global Weather Hazards Summary May 16-22, 2014

Dryness continues across parts of East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

1.Consistently above average early season rainfall across central Côte d’Ivoire has resulted in saturated grounds and 30-day rainfall anomalies exceeding 100 mm. Additional heavy rain forecast for the next week could cause localized flooding.

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ACNUR y Radio UNAM presentan la serie radiofónica “Otro principio” sobre refugiados en México

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, 14 de mayo 2014 (ACNUR) – La oficina en México del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados, ACNUR, y Radio UNAM llevaron a cabo el pasado jueves el lanzamiento de la serie radiofónica “Otro principio”, con testimonios de personas refugiadas en México.

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State of the World’s Mothers 2014 - Saving Mothers and Children in Humanitarian Crises

Maternal deaths and child mortality in the most challenging countries of the world can be dramatically cut when efforts are made to improve services for mothers and children.

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Shelter Projects 2011-2012

The fourth edition of ‘Shelter Projects’, is launched at a time when shelter is more relevant than ever as an instrument of humanitarian response. The case studies in this edition reflect the on-going challenges posed by responses to complex emergencies such as Haiti and Pakistan as well as new challenges derived from unprecedented level of population displacement in Africa, Asia and in the Middle East.