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Sharing this earth: on common ground - Annual Report 2012

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Caritas

The Caritas Annual Report shows our work in 2012 through five strategic priorities identified during the year: addressing poverty at home and abroad, responding to emergencies, upholding the dignity and rights of indigenous peoples, promoting environmental justice, and connecting effectively with our Catholic community.

Public donations topped $3 million last year, including a record Lent total of more than $900,000. We are grateful for the government’s New Zealand Aid Programme which contributed almost $1 million towards Caritas development and relief programmes.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot, 5-12 November 2012

Both Guatemala and Myanmar were affected by earthquakes during the reporting period. On 7 November, an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude struck the pacific coast of Guatemala, affecting more than 600,000 people followed by a second quake of 6.2 magnitude on 11 November. There were no immediate reports of major infrastructural damage caused by the second earthquake. The 6.8 magnitude earthquake which struck in Myanmar on 10 November, meanwhile, damaged infrastructure but the full extent of the impact remains unclear.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot, 5-11 November 2012

Despite a four-day truce which was supposed to come into effect on Friday 26 October, fighting has continued to escalate in Damascus province, Aleppo, Idlib, Daara and Deir Ezzor in Syria manifested by a new wave of airstrikes by the Syrian forces and attacks by the rebels on strategic army checkpoints and air bases.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot, 22-29 October 2012

This week, renewed violence between Arakan Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims took place in Rahkin state in Myanmar, affecting an estimated 28,000 people. Sectarian violence between the two communities in June already left more than 75,000 people displaced. Despite a four-day truce that was supposed to come into effect on Friday 26 October, fighting has continued in Damascus province, Aleppo, Idlib, Daara and Deir Ezzor in Syria. The number of flood-affected people in Chad has risen to 700,000, up from 445,000 in September, with 16 of the country’s 22 regions affected.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot, 15-22 October 2012

This week, armed violence continued to escalate in Syria with heavy fighting occurring in Homs, Daraa, Deir Ezzor, Idlib, Latakia, Aleppo and Damascus. The Government has been accused of using cluster munitions in populated areas. There is an increasing risk of regional spill over, the most recent event being the assassination of a senior intelligence official leading to unrest in Lebanon. Recent reports indicate that more than 900,000 people have been affected by conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile state in Sudan.

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Global emergency overview, 15 Oct 2012

Snapshot, 8 to 15 October

This week, flooding caused by heavy rains affected more than 1.3 million people in Nigeria. Flooding also affected more than five million people in Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab in Pakistan and around 226,000 in Bogra State in Bangladesh. A heavy tropical cyclone hit the south-west coast of Bangladesh on 11th October 2012 displacing 20,000 people and affecting more than 100,000. Armed violence continued to escalate in Syria with heavy fighting occurring in Homs, Daraa, Deir Ezzor, Idlib, Latakia, Aleppo and Damascus.

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Informal Justice Systems: Charting a Course for Human-Rights Based Engagement

In some developing countries, informal or traditional justice systems resolve up to 80 percent of disputes, over everything from cattle to contracts, dowries to divorce.

Disproportionately, these mechanisms affect women and children.

A new report, commissioned by UNDP, UNICEF, and UN Women and produced by the Danish Institute for Human Rights, provides the most comprehensive UN study on this complex area of justice to date. It draws conclusions based on research in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Malawi, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, and 12 other developing countries.

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Caritas Update 59 (Spring 2012)

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Caritas

Reports of peace from Afghanistan

Caritas staff Tara D’Sousa and Nick Borthwick recently visited Bamyan province in Afghanistan, where Caritas supports an education and rural development programme. Despite recent violence in northeast Bamyan, Tara and Nick say their biggest impression of the areas they visited (Shaidan Valley and Yakawlang) was one of peacefulness and harmony. ‘People are just going about their daily lives and making the most of their opportunities,’ says Nick.

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Bangladesh + 15 others
OFID Governing Board approves new loans and grants to benefit 28 countries

The Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), meeting in its 137th Session, has approved over US$160 million in new loans and grants to pursue socio-economic development in partner countries. The loans are as follows:

list of countries/loans

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Afghanistan + 47 others
Food Price Crisis Frequently Asked Questions, Background paper, October 2010

Authors: Steve Wiggins, Julia Compton and Sharada Keats

The issue of rising food prices came to international attention in early 2008. This document answers the following questions about the crisis and responses to it:

  • What has happened to food prices and why?
  • Why are food prices important & where can we find them?
  • How have countries and the international community responded?
  • The future
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International cooperation on humanitarian assistance in the field of natural disasters, from relief to development - Report of the UN SG (A/64/331)

Sixty-fourth session
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination
of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations

Summary

The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 63/141 of 10 March 2009, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to continue to improve the international response to natural disasters and to report thereon to the

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Benin + 37 others
Coopération internationale en matière d'aide humanitaire à la suite de catastrophes naturelles : de la phase des secours à celle de l'aide au développement - Rapport du Secrétaire général (A/64/331)

Soixante-quatrième session
Point 72 a) de l'ordre du jour provisoire*
Renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies,
y compris l'assistance économique spéciale :
renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies

Résumé

Le présent rapport a été établi en application de la résolution 63/141 du 10 mars 2009 de l'Assemblée générale, dans laquelle

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Afghanistan + 45 others
Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the UN: Report of the UN SG (A/64/84-E/2009/87)

General Assembly
Sixty-fourth session Item 71 (a) of the preliminary list*
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations

Economic and Social Council
Substantive session of 2009
Geneva, 6-31 July 2009
Item 5 of the provisional agenda**
Special economic, humanitarian and disaster relief assistance

Summary

The present report has been prepared

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Afghanistan + 45 others
Renforcement de la coordination de l'aide humanitaire d'urgence fournie par les organismes des Nations Unies - Rapport du Secrétaire général (A/64/84-E/2009/87)

Assemblée générale
Soixante-quatrième session
Point 71 a) de la liste préliminaire*
Renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies,
y compris l'assistance économique spéciale :
renforcement de la coordination de l'aide humanitaire
d'urgence fournie par les organismes des Nations Unies

Conseil économique et social
Session de fond de 2009
Genève, 6-31 juillet 2009
Point 5 de l'ordre du jour provisoire**
Assistance économique spéciale, aide

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Commission allocates €2.7 billion to African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to meet global development challenges

IP/09/404

Brussels, 13 March 2009

This Friday 13 March the European Commission and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP) Group signed a cooperation agreement for a total of €2.7 billion. Thanks to this global agreement, funded via the 10th European Development Fund, 77 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will benefit from aid in a wide range of sectors such as health, water, combating climate change and peace-keeping.

Commenting on the agreement, Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Louis Michel said: "These €2.7

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La Commission européenne alloue un montant de 2,7 milliards d'euros aux pays d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique afin de répondre aux défis globaux du développement.

IP/09/404

Bruxelles, 13 Mars 2009

La Commission européenne alloue un montant de 2,7 milliards d'euros aux pays d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique afin de répondre aux défis globaux du développement.

La Commission européenne et le groupe des pays d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique (ACP) ont signé un accord de coopération d'un montant de 2,7 milliards d'euros ce vendredi 13 mars. Il s'agit d'un accord global dont le financement s'inscrit dans le cadre du 10 ème Fonds Européen de Développement et grâce auquel 77 pays d'Afrique,

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Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jan 2006 - mid-2007 (A/62/12)

I. Introduction

1. A significant increase in the numbers of persons of concern to UNHCR brought new challenges in 2006. While there was a 14 per cent increase in refugee numbers from the previous year, the Office's involvement, together with other humanitarian partners, in protecting and assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs) under the inter-agency cluster approach, resulted in a doubling of IDP figures. Thanks to better data capturing, many more stateless people have been identified, also swelling numbers.

2. Despite a plethora of complex challenges,