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World + 36 others
Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 1, March 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FAO’s forecasts for global cereal production, consumption, trade and stocks in 2013/14 have all been raised since February, with overall supply conditions significantly improved compared to the previous season.

  • Export prices of wheat rose in February mainly on concerns about the 2014 winter wheat crop in the United States. Prices of maize also increased, supported by strong domestic and export demand for feed and industrial use. Overall, however, cereal export prices remained below their year-earlier levels.

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World + 20 others
Armed non‐state actors and displacement in armed conflict

Report
Geneva Call

This report was stimulated by a conference on armed non-State actors (ANSAs) and the protection of internally displaced people organized in 2011 jointly by Geneva Call and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. The conference itself followed on from a special edition of Forced Migration Review magazine on ‘Armed non-state actors and displacement’.

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World + 16 others
31% of global economic output forecast to face ‘high’ or ‘extreme’ climate change risks by 2025

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Maplecroft

Cities of Dhaka, Mumbai, Manila, Kolkata, Bangkok most at risk

New research by global risk analytics company Maplecroft, has revealed that 31% of global economic output will be based in countries facing ‘high’ or ‘extreme risks’ from the impacts of climate change by the year 2025 – a 50% increase on current levels and more than double since the company began researching the issue in 2008.

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World + 5 others
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) Annual report 2012 (MAA00010)

Period covered: January to December 2012

Overview

The DREF allocated a total amount of CHF 22,836,393 in 2012. Seventy-five per cent of the allocations, CHF 17,076,253, were made as grants to small-scale operations implemented by National Societies for which no emergency appeal was launched, known as DREF operations. CHF 5,760,140 was allocated as loans of start-up funding to emergency appeals.

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World + 14 others
Dangerous liaisons? A historical review of UNHCR’s engagement with non-state armed actors

Introduction

  1. The actions of non-state armed actors (NSAAs) have received significant attention in recent years, especially with regard to how their presence in the field impacts humanitarian space. Groups such as the Taliban and al-Shabaab are believed to restrict access to populations of concern and contribute to an increasingly insecure operating environment.

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World + 34 others
CERF Quarterly Update 3rd Quarter 2012

Responding to the Crisis in Syria

Instability and conflict in Syria continue to affect hundreds of thousands of people. An estimated one million Syrians have been internally displaced, while the overall total affected population is estimated at up to 2.5 million.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 20 others
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Concludes with World Leaders Renewing Commitments to Save Planet

ENV/DEV/1310

Plenary
5th & 6th Meetings (AM & PM)

Outcome Document Affirms Poverty Eradication
As Greatest Challenge, Recommends Strengthening of Institutional Framework

RIO DE JANEIRO, 22 June — High-level officials of nearly every Member State meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, renewed their commitments to ensuring an “economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future for our planet and for present and future generations”, as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development — Rio+20 — closed this afternoon.

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Brazil + 26 others
A Hidden Crisis?: Increase in killings as tensions rise over land and forests

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Global Witness

Survey finds sharp rise in killings over land and forests as Rio talks open

New figures collected by Global Witness on the killings of activists, journalists and community members who were defending rights to land and forests show the true, shocking extent of competition for access to natural resources. The briefing, A Hidden Crisis?, finds that over 711 people appear to have been killed in the last decade – more than one a week. In 2011 the toll was 106 people, almost doubling over the past three years.

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World + 11 others
Progress in Child Well-Being: Building on What Works

Annual child death rate drops by 4 million since 1990: Save the Children report reveals overseas aid among key drivers of change

Aid is one of six key factors that have driven marked improvements in child wellbeing and survival over the last 20 years, according to a new report Save the Children released today.

Independent research conducted by the Overseas Development Institute agency has found that over 4 million fewer children under the age of five die each year compared to 1990.

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World + 13 others
Choose to Invest in Development and Humanitarian Relief FY2013

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InterAction

Apr 6, 2012

InterAction’s latest publication, Choose to Invest in Development and Humanitarian Relief FY2013, outlines key funding recommendations for the U.S. government to support accounts in the federal budget. This strong investment will make great strides to reduce global poverty, tackle environmental challenges and increase peacekeeping efforts to support stability and security.

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Clapping with Both Hands: 15 Studies of Good Practice in Promoting Gender Equality

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ACT Alliance

A BIG HAND FOR EQUALITY

Gender equality is central to meeting the needs of the worlds poorest and most vulnerable people – men and women alike – concludes a new ACT Alliance report launched to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.

“Clapping with Both Hands: 15 Studies of Good Practice in Promoting Gender Equality” celebrates innovative ACT programmes championed by brave women and men in 13 countries – from Guatemala to Indonesia, Mozambique to Nepal – that have enhanced the voice of women in workplaces, government and society at large.

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World + 11 others
World’s fastest growing populations increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – 4th global atlas reports

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Maplecroft

Calcutta, Dhaka, Jakarta and Manila rated ‘extreme risk’ in study of climate change vulnerability

The fourth release of Maplecroft’s Climate Change and Environment Risk Atlas includes a new Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) that analyses and maps climate change vulnerability down to 25km² worldwide. It reveals that some of the world’s fastest growing populations are increasingly at risk from the impacts of climate related natural hazards including sea level rise.

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Afghanistan + 16 others
IFAD, U.S. Department of State to mobilize migrant investments for rural poverty reduction and food security

Nwanze to present ‘Diaspora Investment in Agriculture’ at Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Global Diaspora Forum

Rome and Washington, May 16: The United States Department of State and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will unveil this week in Washington, DC a new joint initiative to assist the flow of investment from international migrants to reduce rural poverty and boost food security in their home countries.

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Haiti + 4 others
Trafficking for sexual exploitation: Victim protection in international and domestic asylum law

Introduction

It is extremely difficult to assess the worldwide scale of human trafficking because of the clandestine nature of the crime. The UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that there are, at a minimum, approximately 2.5 million victims of human trafficking at any given time. According to the UNODC, approximately 79 per cent of all human trafficking is for the purpose of sexual exploitation, while the ILO estimates that 98 per cent of the people trafficked for sexual exploitation are women and girls.

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Afghanistan + 19 others
Barómetro 24: Sobre conflictos, derechos humanos y construccion de paz - Julio - Septiembre 2010

El Barómetro es un informe trimestral editado en castellano y catalán por el Programa de Conflictos y Construcción de Paz de la Escola de Cultura de Pau de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. El documento analiza los acontecimientos ocurridos en el mundo a lo largo del trimestre (julio – septiembre de 2010) 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 2010 y de los anteriores números del Barómetro, basándose en la

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Afghanistan + 16 others
WFP Aviation Annual Report 2009

To save lives during emergencies, time is of essence. Air transport is the fastest way to get aid workers, food and non-food relief materials, medicines and medical equipments to an emergency hot spot where lives and livelihoods have been compromised. The challenge is even more when such emergencies run into years of humanitarian intervention as experiences have shown from Sudan to Afghanistan and from Somalia to Democratic Republic of Congo. With a 48-hour lead time, WFP Aviation prides itself as the most timely, efficient and cost effective humanitarian air
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American Samoa + 8 others
UMCOR Hotline 22 Dec 2009: American Samoa, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Philippines (the), Samoa, Sierra Leone, Tonga, Zimbabwe

2009 marked a year of new opportunities for UMCOR to open doors with new offices, new resources, new opportunities for disaster trainings, and a new birthing kit added to UMCOR's relief supplies. Through grant awards, partnerships, and your gifts, UMCOR expands it operations and network of partners to reach underserved communities. 2009 also brought new resources for United Methodist congregations, with new tools to strengthen and equip congregations in their health ministries.

In this special UMCOR Hotline, we highlight

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Burundi + 19 others
Release and reintegration of child soldiers: One part of a bigger puzzle

Paper presented by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers at the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Rehabilitation and Reintegration of War-Affected Children

22-23 October 2009 - Brussels, Belgium

1. SUMMARY

The paper outlines key developments in international efforts to end the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict and highlights some of the challenges involved in the release and reintegration of children associated with armed forces and groups.

It notes that, despite significant attention