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31 Mar 2009 description

Introducción

El "Barómetro" es un informe trimestral editado en castellano, catalán y en inglés por el Programa de Conflictos y Construcción de Paz de la Escola de Cultura de Pau de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, que analiza los acontecimientos ocurridos en el mundo a lo largo del trimestre (enero-marzo de 2009) a través de cinco apartados: conflictos armados, tensiones, procesos de paz, crisis humanitarias y dimensión de género en la construcción de la paz.

31 Mar 2009 description

Highlights

Ethiopia - High levels of food insecurity persist

The 2008 meher harvest was inadequate in several regions, leaving 12.4 million people in need of food or cash assistance. Furthermore, the planting of this year's Belg crop has been delayed due to insufficient rains fueling fears of a second failed harvest. The situation is especially worrisome in the regions of SNNPR, Oromia, Tigray and Afar, where the Belg harvest provides for the majority of household food needs.

31 Mar 2009 description

Who is a Refugee?

The practice of granting asylum to people fleeing persecution in foreign lands is one of the earliest hallmarks of civilization. References to it have been found in texts written 3,500 years ago, during the blossoming of the great early empires in the Middle East such as the Hittites, Babylonians, Assyrians and ancient Egyptians.

Over three millennia later, protecting refugees was made the core mandate of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, which was founded in 1950.

31 Mar 2009 description
report UN News Service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his distress regarding yesterday's deadly attack on a police academy in eastern Pakistan, voicing hope that authorities will investigate the incident and determine who was behind it.

According to media reports, several people were killed and scores of others injured when militants attacked the facility in the city of Lahore, near Pakistan's border with India.

"He extends his sympathies to the families of those killed and to the injured," Mr. Ban's spokesperson, Michele Montas, told reporters in New York.

31 Mar 2009 description
report UN News Service

The United Nations said today it is increasingly worried about the health of staffer John Solecki, who was abducted in Pakistan nearly two months ago, noting that there has been no information from those holding him for at least two weeks now.

"The United Nations is deeply concerned over a lack of information from his abductors on the condition of John and has reason to believe he could now be very seriously ill," the world body said in a news release issued in Islamabad.

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31 Mar 2009 description
report Spapev

Islamabad, Mar 31st, 2009: The custodian of two holy mosques, King Abudllah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud has sent over 1500 cartons of special dates weighing 30 tons to Islamabad for onward distribution among the quake affectees of October 8, 2005 earthquake.

Saudi Public Assistance for Pakistan Earthquake Victims, (SPAPEV) Media Director, While collecting the cartons of special dates from Saudi Arabia, told newsmen that these packets of dates would be distributed among the quake affectees of AJK and NWFP.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's special consignment carrying dates was sent …

31 Mar 2009 description

This bulletin covers price analysis for the period from December to February 2009. The objective of the bulletin is to provide early warning information on price changes of staple food commodities. Staples contribute 40 - 80% of energy intake for most population groups in developing countries. Poor households derive even higher percentage of energy from staples. Therefore, a small increase in staple prices has a high impact on their overall food consumption.

31 Mar 2009 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

ISLAMABAD, March 31 (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Tuesday it had not had any information for two weeks about an American U.N. official kidnapped in Pakistan in February and believed he could be "gravely ill".

John Solecki, 49, head of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Baluchistan province, was kidnapped in the provincial capital, Quetta, on Feb.

31 Mar 2009 description

FAO Regional Conference addresses food security concerns during financial crisis

The 29th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific held in Bangkok from 26 to 31=01March attended by agriculture ministers and senior officials from 33 countries, addressed food security concerns arising from the present international financial crisis and fluctuating food and agricultural commodity prices.

31 Mar 2009 description

Executive Summary

National and global economic changes-inflationary oil prices and skyrocketing food prices-and national political uncertainty, compounded by deterioration in law and order present serious challenges for Pakistan's economy and its agricultural sector in particular. Growth has slowed, inflation has increased, and the trade deficit has widened. Stagnant wheat production and an unprecedented level of informal wheat trade to neighboring countries have made the food supply insecure.

31 Mar 2009 description
report Frontier Post

ISLAMABAD: The National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Health Care at the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with UNICEF and other partners, launched the Mother and Child Health Week on Monday.

30 Mar 2009 description

SG/T/2662

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Moscow in the Russian Federation during the afternoon of Thursday, 26 March.

That evening, he attended a working dinner at the Foreign Ministry mansion with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The main focus of their discussion was Afghanistan, but they also touched upon Russia's participation in peacekeeping; the situation in the Middle East, particularly in Gaza; the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the need to keep the six-party talks on track; Kosovo; and Georgia.

30 Mar 2009 description
report UN News Service

Afghan refugees seeking to return to their home country from north-west Pakistan will receive a boost when the United Nations resumes its voluntary repatriation programme this week.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) traditionally suspends its scheme during the winter months when few people decide to return to Afghanistan.

The agency's repatriation programme for registered Afghans in Peshawar, near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, will kick off on 1 April, while the start date for returnees from Quetta, further south in Pakistan, will be announced later.

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30 Mar 2009 description

Brussels, 30 March 2009 - Today the European Commission adopted a € 314 million package of projects to support agriculture and improve the food security situation in 23 developing countries across the globe. This is the first financing decision in the framework of the € 1 billion Food Facility which was adopted at the end of last year as a response to the growing food security problems faced by many developing countries.

30 Mar 2009 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Militants holed up in a police training centre in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday after storming the complex and killing cadets, with estimates of the dead ranging up to 20.

Militant violence has surged in nuclear-armed Pakistan since mid-2007, with numerous attacks on security forces and government and Western targets. Following is a timeline of major attacks in Pakistan since late 2007:

Oct.

30 Mar 2009 description

Geneva/Islamabad/Kabul (ICRC) - The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan will remain difficult in the months to come.

28 Mar 2009 description

An Attainable Objective

On March 27, 2009, the President announced a comprehensive, new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan that is the culmination of a careful 60-day, interagency strategic review. During the review process, we consulted with the Afghan and Pakistani governments, partners and NATO allies, other donors, international organizations and members of Congress. The strategy starts with a clear, concise, attainable goal: disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda and its safe havens.

27 Mar 2009 description
report Frontier Post

QUETTA Mar 27 (PPI): UNHCR-assisted voluntary repatriation of registered Afghans with Proof of Registration (PoR) cards in Pakistan will resume on Wednesday April 1, 2009, from Peshawar. A start date for Quetta will be communicated to registered Afghans later, UN Refugee Agency sources said here Friday. Registered Afghans, living in NWFP-Punjab-Sindh-Islamabad, who choose to voluntarily repatriate with UNHCR assistance during the year can approach the Voluntary Repatriation Centre (VRC) located in Peshawar.

27 Mar 2009 description

SG/T/2661

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Washington, D.C., from Haiti in the afternoon of Tuesday, 10 March.

He held a wide-ranging and very productive meeting with United States President Barack Obama at the White House that afternoon, covering a broad range of issues confronting the international community. (See Press Release SG/SM/12131)

Among other things, they discussed the international economic crisis and emphasized the need to ensure that the world's poor and most vulnerable people are not left behind.