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Afghanistan/Pakistan: Put the humanitarian factor on the agenda

Just before the conference on Afghanistan and Pakistan in The Hague, ICRC head of operations for South Asia Jacques de Maio called for humanitarian considerations to be high on the agenda.

The humanitarian factor

Mr de Maio started by calling on the international community, the Afghan and Pakistani governments and armed opposition groups to take into account the humanitarian situation when devising and implementing their political and military agendas.

The conflict is having a dramatic effect on a huge population that is inaccessible to humanitarian workers and journalists.

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Development assistance for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Today I attended the United Nations sponsored International Conference on Afghanistan in The Hague.

I welcome the Conference focus on the need to better integrate international military and civilian efforts across Afghanistan.

Australia considers a major civilian effort is critical to success in Afghanistan. In addition to our involvement in army and police training Australia is committed to building the capacity of the Afghan Government to manage its own affairs through our international development assistance program.

Australia will provide $21 million to

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Director-General expresses deep concern about girls' education in Pakistan's Swat Valley: "The future of an entire country is taken hostage"

Press Release No. 2009-27

Paris, 1 April - The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today expressed his concern about continuing threats to girls' education in the Swat Valley in Pakistan.

"The situation of education in the Swat Valley is particularly worrying. For months, attacks have struck educational institutions, teaching staff and students. Girls' schools have especially been targeted, and the two camps have set up military posts in school buildings. Even if the ceasefire announced in February seems to be good news, fear

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Pakistan: Qatar Charity sponsors 630 orphans in Kashmir

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Qatar Charity
Doha, April 01, 2009 - In a party held in Pakistan, the local Office of Qatar Charity distributed the sponsorship allowances to Kashmiri orphans, who lost their parents in the earthquake of 2005.

The function was held in Muzaffarabad under the auspices of Mr. Raja Zulqarnain Khan, the governor of the province, in the presence of Mrs. Noreen 'Aref, the Minister of Social Affairs in the province, who distributed the regular allowances to the orphans sponsored by Qatar Charity.

In a press release, Mr. Muhammad Wahy, the director of the Charity's Office in Pakistan, said: "There are

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Development Assistance for Afghanistan and Pakistan

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, STEPHEN SMITH

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Today I attended the United Nations sponsored International Conference on Afghanistan in The Hague.

I welcome the Conference focus on the need to better integrate international military and civilian efforts across Afghanistan.

Australia considers a major civilian effort is critical to success in Afghanistan. In addition to our involvement in army and police training Australia is committed to building the capacity of the Afghan Government to manage its own affairs through our international development assistance program.

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Development assistance for Afghanistan and Pakistan

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
STEPHEN SMITH

Today I attended the United Nations sponsored International Conference on Afghanistan in The Hague.

I welcome the Conference focus on the need to better integrate international military and civilian efforts across Afghanistan.

Australia considers a major civilian effort is critical to success in Afghanistan. In addition to our involvement in army and police training Australia is committed to building the capacity of the Afghan Government to manage its own affairs through our international development assistance program.

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Pakistan: Mother and Child Health week starts 42m people to get life-saving services

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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. This initiative aims at improving the health of mothers and children through awareness and focused services, in 29 districts and five camps for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in NWFP, reaching an estimated 42 million people between the week from March 30 April 4. About 23,000 Lady Health Workers will visit families in their homes and
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Fears mount for kidnapped U.N. official in Pakistan

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. 2 when gunmen ambushed his car and shot dead his driver.

A previously unknown militant group, the Baluchistan Liberation United Front (BLUF), said it had kidnapped Solecki.

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Trends in staple food prices in selected vulnerable countries- Issue No 3, Mar 2009

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. Population groups that depend on one staple are worst affected with changes in staple prices.
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Pakistan: King Abdullah sends over 1,500 cartons of special dates for quake affectees

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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

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Pakistan: Fears mount over health of UN staffer abducted nearly two months ago

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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.

Mr. Solecki, who heads the office of

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Ban expresses distress at deadly attack in eastern Pakistan

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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.

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Asia Pacific food situation update - Mar 2009

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. Noting the severe impact of the financial crisis, especially on smallholders and landless farm labourers, the conference emphasized the importance of open, fair and just trade of

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Protecting refugees & the role of UNHCR 2008 - 09

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. This booklet addresses some of the most commonly asked

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Ethiopia + 13 others
Nutrition information in crisis situations - Report number XVIII

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.

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Pakistan's food and agriculture systems

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. Pakistan's traditional, subsistence agriculture is becoming commercial, albeit slowly.

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ECP: Barómetro 19 sobre conflictos, derechos humanos y construccion de paz - Enero - Marzo 2009

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. Esta publicación actualiza los datos del informe anual "Alerta 2009" y de los anteriores

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Timeline - Attacks destabilise strife-torn Pakistan

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. 19, 2007 - At least 139 people are killed in a suicide bomb attack on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's motorcade as she is driven through the financial capital of Karachi at

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EU €1 billion "Food Facility" for developing countries - Commission adopts overall plan and first implementation decision

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. The Commission also agreed to an overall plan for the use of the entire amount of the Facility, targeting 50 developing countries in total.