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Mensaje del Día de Acción contra las Minas 2014: promover un mundo libre de minas

Nueva York - El 4 de abril, Día de Acción contra las Minas, la ONU contribuirá a la concientización sobre los efectos devastadores que los restos explosivos de guerra siguen teniendo sobre las comunidades, incluso décadas después de que los conflictos lleguen a su fin.

Este año, tras el anuncio por parte de Jordania y Uganda de que son países libres de minas, que Etiopía y Mozambique esperan poder anunciar que pronto van a seguir su ejemplo, y que otros países están acabando con las municiones en racimo, se está dando un paso más hacia un mundo más seguro.

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Œuvrer pour un monde sans mines antipersonnel

Le 4 avril, Journée internationale de la lutte antimines, l’ONU aidera à attirer l’attention sur le coût humain dévastateur des restes explosifs de guerre dans certaines communautés, parfois des dizaines d’années après la fin d’un conflit.

Cette année, alors que la Jordanie et l’Ouganda viennent de se déclarer débarrassés de leurs champs de mines, l’Éthiopie et le Mozambique s’apprêtent à annoncer qu’ils devraient bientôt faire de même. Comme d’autres pays sont, eux aussi, en train d’éliminer leurs armes à sous-munitions, le monde est en passe de devenir moins dangereux.

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Mine Action Day 2014 - A Roundup of UNDP's Demining Efforts

New York - On Mine Action Day on 4 April, the UN will help raise awareness of the devastating toll that explosive remnants of war continue to exact upon communities, sometimes decades after conflicts come to an end.

This year, with Jordan and Uganda recently announcing that they are free of mine fields, Ethiopia and Mozambique expected to announce that they will soon follow suit, and other countries ridding themselves of cluster munitions, we are one step closer to a safer world.

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Price Watch February 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, regional 2013/14 grain harvests were 11 percent above average. Markets were well-supplied in February. Production shortfalls in eastern Niger and northern Chad resulted in atypical price increases. Institutional purchases were ongoing in Niger and Mali at normal levels in February. Rice imports from international markets contributed to food availability in coastal countries (Pages 3-5).

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook March 27 – April 2, 2014

A decrease in rainfall has been recorded over Southern Africa during the past week.

A favorable start of the March-May season has been observed over the Greater Horn of Africa.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary March 21-27, 2014

Rains maintain flooding and ground saturation risks throughout southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

1.Heavy rains over the past several weeks have destroyed houses, damaged infrastructure, and displaced local residents over the Kitwe region of north-central Zambia. Moderate to heavy rains forecast during the next week could maintain elevated risks for localized flooding over many areas of the region.

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Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for February with a Forecast till Mid-April, 2014

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained active in February in the central outbreak region on the Red Sea coasts and the Horn of Africa. Aerial and/or ground control treated hoppers and swarms on some 50,000 ha in Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen and northern Somalia. Other countries in the region remained calm during this month (DLCO-EA2 , DLMCC/Yemen, FAO-DLIS,
LCC/Oman, PPD/Sudan).

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief March 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR SEPTEMBER 2014

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Angola + 13 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook March 20 – March 26, 2014

  • A favorable distribution of rainfall was observed over Southern Africa during the past week.

  • Widespread and above-average rains fell across the Greater Horn of Africa during the past week.

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Five countries share their five-best cassava varieties tolerant to deadly viral diseases

Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya join forces to tackle the deadly cassava viral diseases

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook March 13 – March 19, 2014

1) Heavy downpours over the past few weeks have caused the overflowing of the Licungo River across the Zambezia province of northern Mozambique. The flooding has negatively affected the livelihoods of many residents of the Namacura and Maganja da Costa districts. Light rains are expected during the next week, which could sustain oversaturation and worsen conditions on the ground.

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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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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook March 6 – March 12, 2014

 Heavy downpours have caused flooding in north-central Zambia, southern Zimbabwe, and northern Mozambique.

 Light to moderate rains were observed over the Greater Horn of Africa during the past observation period.

1) Heavy downpours during the past week have caused the Licungo River to burst its banks, inundating expansive cropping areas, infrastructure, and houses downstream. Although reduced rains are forecast over the region during the next week, any additional rain may exacerbate the ground conditions, including elevated risks for waterborne disease outbreaks.

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Price Watch January 2014 Prices

Key Messages

In West Africa,2013/14 grain harvests were near-average in the Sahel and market supplies improved in may parts of the region in January. Production shortfalls in eastern Niger and northern Chad resulted in atypical price increases. Institutional purchases began in January at average levels in Niger, but above-average levels in Mali. Rice imports from international markets contributed food availability in coastal countries.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook February 27 – March 5, 2014

Torrential rains continued over saturated areas in Zambia and Mozambique

An extended dry spell continued during the past week over southern Uganda, increasing rainfall deficits.

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Malaria: High risk focused in 10 African countries

02/19/2014 23:30 GMT

PARIS, February 19, 2014 (AFP) - Gains in fighting malaria in sub-Saharan Africa have left the highest risk for the disease concentrated in 10 countries, according to a study published on Wednesday by The Lancet medical journal.

Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Togo together account for 87 percent of areas that have the highest prevalence of malaria, it said.

Agence France-Presse:

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief February 2014

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

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The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 22 - February 2014

Global Highlights

  • The global cereal price index decreased by 23% on a year-on-year basis in the October-December 2013 quarter, driven by significant drops in nominal prices of maize (-37%), wheat (-13%) and rice (-22%).

  • Comparing quarterly averages, real prices2 of maize and rice fell by 17% and 10%, respectively, between Q3 and Q4 2013, while wheat prices remained stable.

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CERF 2013 Summary

Member States and the private sector contributed $474 million to CERF for 2013—the highest-ever annual total. An additional $6.7 million was pledged and remains outstanding.

CERF received more than $502 million in contributions during 2013, including payments for 2012 and early funding for 2014. See table on the right for more details.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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CERF Quarterly Update - October-December 2013

CERF and its partners were challenged by a series of large, complex crises in the Central African Republic, the Philippines, Syria and Yemen, affecting 35 million people.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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